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'Het tor the Defense of the Gospel." 



Vol. 33, Old Series. 



Mount Moebib, III., and Huntingdon, Pa., Januabi 1, 1895. 



No. ]. 




A MEETING in the Shade Greek chnroh, Pa, 
closed Deo. 9 with eight accessions. 

Beo. Wm Wise, of Globe, Kans., ahonld now 
be addressed at Oentropolis, Franklin Co., same 
State. 

Twelve additions are reported as the result 
of a series of meetings at Landess, Grant County, 
Indiana. 

The Bible Normal at MePherson, Kans., be. 
gins Jan. 29. We are informed that a good pro- 
gram has been prepared. 



Bbo. N. 8. Oeipe reports a series of meetingi 
in the Paradise ohurch, Oklahoma, which began 
Dec. 2, with six additions and a growing interest. 

Bbo. S. P. Reed, of Pleasant Valley, Va„ re- 
ports twenty accessions as the result of meetings 
held at two different points. 

Six were recently received into the Greenland 
oharch, W. Va., as the result of a short series 
of meetings held by Bro. W. Nine. 



Have yon ordered a copy of Charlie Newoomer 
for your children or your Sunday-school class? 
If not, please do so. Prioe, 25, cents. 

If there are any Brethren living in Barnes 
County, North Dakota, they will rlease send their 
address to P. C. Hetrick, Patneysville, Pa. 

The Christian Standard urges preachers to 
raise their voices against dancing, olaiming that 
it is one of the most fruitful sources of evil. 



The Special Bible Term for the Mt. Morris 
College begins Tuesday evening, Jan. 1 An ir- 
teresling time is expected. 

A C3LOBED woman, said to have been a servant 
oE Thomas Jsfferaon, recently died in New York 
a 1 ; the great age of 109 years, 8 months and 1C 
days, 

A gentleman writes us for the Constitution 
of the Brethren ohnrch. We are pleased to refer 
him to the Bible, as that is the only constitution 
we have. 

Foe two weeks the Brethren have been engaged 
in a series of meetings at Silver Creek, four miles 
north of Mt. Morris. Two were baptizad one 
weik ago. 

Beo J. 0. Lahman and wife write that they 
reached Hawthorne, Fia., in due time, and are 
now enjoying their pleasant home among their 
orange trees. 

Beo. B. F. Stephens writes that an interest 
ing series of meetings is in progrers in the Mar- 
tin's Creek church, Wayne Co., III., conducted 
by Bro. Amos J. Nickey. 



Watch the Dale to the right of your name. 
If the date is not changed within three weeks 
after your remittance is sent, please inform us 
of the fact. 

Some minister who wishes to locate where his 
serviocs will be very much appreciated, and 
where the members are willing to assist him to 
purchase a farm, might do well to correspond 
with Bro. John J Bolinger, Redfield, Kans. 



Aftee preaching twenty-four sermons, Bro. 0. 
H. Brown closed a meeting at Chapman Creek, 
Mo., with seven additions by confession and bap- 
tism. 

Beo. J. F. Eieenbebby, formerly of Greene, 
Iowa, may now be addressed at Glendora, Oal. 
In his letter he speaks of a snccesBful Journey 
and a warm greeting by the members he has thus 
far met 

Did yon notice the report of the Poor Fund in 
last issue? We hope hundreds will contribute 
to this fund bo as to assist in sending the paper 
to hundreds of the poor who are not able to pay 
lor it. 



As the result of a series of meetings held by 
the home ministers in the Belleville church, Bs'- 
public County, Kans., four made the good con- 
fession and were baptiz ;d. 

Beo. 0. P. Rowland, of Lanark, 111., is engaged 
in a series of meetings in the Pleasant Prairie 
church, Iowa. There were five accessions when 
the meeting was last heard from a few days ago. 

Bao Edwabds, we learn, has been giving some 
good missionary talks in Northern Indiana. The 
District Mission Board has arranged for him to 
ive his talks in each of the congregations in that 
District 

Beo. D. B. Aenold, of Burlington, W. Va , 
writes that Bro, Tobias Fiko is holding an inter- 
esting series of meetings in the home ohurch 
at that place, with six additions and prospscta 

more. This was Deo. 13. 

The General Missionary and Tract Committee 
will hold its next meeting in February at Bridge- 
water, Va. Business intended for the Committee 
at that meeting should be addressed to the Com- 
mittee at Mt. Morris, III., not later than Jan. 20. 



Undee date of Dae. 14, one of our correspond 
ents writes that Bro. Joseph Barnthonse is in 
the midst of an interesting series of meetings at 
the Asherglade schoolhonse, near Markleysburg, 
Md., with good congregations and five accessions. 

Bfio J. M. Risbebg, who refused to do military 
duty in Sweden, has served out his time in prison 
and returned to his home, saying that the Lord 
greatly blessed him even in his prison life. He 
immediately went to work for the Master, and 
is now preaching the Gospel. His letter, which 
will appear shortly, reads like apostolic times, 
when the faithful were oast into prison for re- 
fusing to renonnce Jesus. 



Bbo. Enoch Ebv closed a ten day meeting at 
Tropico, Oal, on the evening of the 13th, so 
writes Bro. M. M. Eshelman, who adds that the 
regular meetings at Los Angeles are well attend- 
ed while the Sunday school is becoming very in- 
tereBting. 

Bbo M. M. Eshelman, who is now looated 
at Los Angeles, Oal., writes that his late trip 
East so effected his health that he has been com- 
pelled to give up railroading. He wishes this 
stated for the information of the many who are 
writing him concerning rates, etc. 

The name oE the Mill Creek chnroh, Adams 
County, Illinois, probably the oldest Brethren 
church in the State, has been changed to the 
''Liberty church." The church has been greatly 
blessed during the last few months, as there have 
been twenty-two accessions since September last. 

We wish our correspondents, when sending 
in church news, would always place the name 
of the church and State st the top of their com- 
munications, the date of writing and their ad- 
dress, with their name at the close. Then always 
retain the one correct name for any particular 
church. In this way no small amount of oonfu- 
sion in nam»s may be avoided. 

A bbotheb, renewing his subscription says 
where he lives there are twenty members and 
no one acting as agent for the Messbngeb. We 
repeat, that if there are any congregations where 
we have not an aotive agent, we would regard 
it as a favor if some one would recommend a 
brother or sister who will make a good agent. 
We must have an active agent in every congrega- 
tion. 

Bbo. John Wise, who has for some years made 
his home in Sumner County, Kansas, has returned 
to his first love for Washington County, Pa., and 
now BBks us to announce the change of his ad- 
dress to Z>llarsville, that County and State. 
Thie is where he spent the best years of his life, 
and we trust he will enjoy the change and be 
the means of doing great good for the Master's 
cause. 

SuNDAi-sohool workers will please bear in 
mind that our Sunday-school Quarterlies this 
quarter are now ready for filling orders. In fact 
all orders received have been filled, and others 
will be filled promptly. We hope the Brethren 
Sunday schools will use our helps, prepared es- 
pecially for our own people. We will be pleased 
to send samples of our helps to any of the Sun- 
day schools where they are not now used. 




THE - SPE1 MB€ ! ^NGBI^. 



Jan nary 1, 1896. 



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A HEW TEAK'S RESOLUTION. 



I callkd upon the power of my will 
To keep me In the path and hold me i 
But ere the year had sped I lost my w 
My resolution gone, I hopeless fell. 
I called upon my honor to preserve 
Me In the right, and help avoid the i 
But ere the year had sped my life w 
With sin and woe, and I Irresolute. 
And then 1 called upon my God above 
To help me keep my resolutions all. 
And when the year had sped I thanked my Lord 
That he had conquered my besetting sin. 
C/itslrrfM, S. C. 






' IT IS A GIFT." 



BY A. HUTCHISON. 



This is a sentence which seems to be in 
great demand, in these days, as it may have been 
in former days. And it is often osed in a way 
that makes its application indicate that what 
wonld otherwise be wrong for ns to nse is made 
right or admissible because 'it is a gift." Let 
ni see how this matter stood in the eyes of the 
Lord, in olden times. Ex 23:8 says, " And thon 
shalt take no gift; for the gift blindeth the wise, 
and perverteth the words of the righteous." Now 
are we to understand that we dare not give, nor 
receive a gift at all? From what we have from 
Paul, in 2 Oor. 9:7, we would understand him 
to say that it was not wroDg to give, when the 
motive is right. He ssys, " Erery man according 
as he pnrposeth in his heart, so let him give; 
not grudgingly, cr of neoessit; : for God loveth 
a cheerful giver." Thia would indioite that God 
did not only not condemn a gift, but even loves 
a cheerful giver. But it U possible for us to 
give all our goods even to feed the poor, and 
the gifts not be acceptable to God. 1 Oor. 13: 3. 
I think the following case will illustrate what 
is meant in the Scripture cited in the commence- 
ment of this article. A brother is oalled upon 
to preach a funeral. The friends of the deceased 
offer him a gift, asking him to express as his 
convictions that the departed one is at rest, 
though he was no church member and made 
no pretension to Christianity. This is not a 
supposed case. In such n case I think it would 
be wrong to receive the gift, with that under- 
standing, because it would have a tendency to 
pervert the words of the preacher. Dent. 16:19 
says, " Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thon shalt 
not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a 
gift doth blind the eyea of the wise, and pervert 
the words of the righteous." Solomon says, " A 
man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth 
him before great men." Prov. 18: 1G. And so 
it may make room for him before such as are 
called great men in this age. But if the gift 
is given with an improper motive, the Lord 
may say to the giver, as Peter did to Simon the 
sorcerer: "Thy money perish with thee . . . 
for thy heart is not right in the sight of God." 
Acta 8:20, 21. When right motives prompt it 
we have the apostle encouraging giving, in these 
words: " So that ye come behind in no gift; wait. 
ing for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,' 
1 Oor. 1:7. 



hould not perish, but have everlasting life." 
John 3: 16. Then the blessedness of that gift 
ie spoken of by Paul, in his letter to the brethren 
at Koine: "For the wages of sin is death; bnt 
the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus 
Christ onr Lord." Rom. 6:23. This was the 
greatest gift ever given, and yet man rejects it. 

The wise man says, "A gift destroyeih the 
heart." Ecc!. 7: 7. This calls onr attention to 
another oharacter of gifts. I now speak from 
what I have observed. I have witnessed a few 
cases (and I thank God that they are few) where 
yonng sisters were wearing gold rings on their 
fingers, and when their attention was called to 
what the apostles have said about the wearing 
of gold, etc (1 Tim. 2: 9; 1 Peter 3: 3), they say 
that they know the Book gives it that way, bnt 
they did not buy these, they were given to them. 
And they will justify themselves upon the plea 
of a gift. And tbe.y sometimes will give up the 
ohuroh rather than give np their gifts. And 
in such cases the gift may destroy the heart and 
cause the soul to lose its reward in heaven,— not 
for a ring, bnt because they love another more 
than they love Jesus. And here indeed is the 
difficulty. Jesus says, " Whosoever doth not 
bear his cross, and come after me, counot be 
my disciple." Luke 14: 27. 

The matter of self-denial needs to be noticed 
a little at this print. It is sometimes said that 
these little things are not what we are to deny 
ourselves of. The case doeB not depend upon the 
sizj of the object on which the affections are 
set, but upon the character of it and the esti- 
mate we put upon it. The object to which we 
are attaohed may be in reality very insignificant, 
and of very little real worth, and yet it may 
be the very thing upon which our salvation is 
suspended, because its abandonment is a cross 
to ns. We may be able to leave off everything 
else. Then remember, " Whosoever doth not 
bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be 
my disciple." If it is wrong for ns, as Ohristians, 
to nse a thing, its being a gift can never miske 
it right. 

We have a right to duly respect persons and 
their gifts; but if they wish to give ns what we, 
bb followers of Jesus, dare not use, let us have 
grace enough to modestly decline the gift. At 
the same time we may show courtesy and appre. 
ciation sufficient to accept, with all dne respect, 
the motives of the would-be donor. Our Master 
had so much regard for those who wonld give 
anything to his disciples that he said, " And who- 
soever shall give to drink unto one of these 
little ones a cup of cold water only in the name 
of a disciple, verily I say unto yon, He shall 
in no wise lose his reward." Matt. 10: 42. Gifts 
seem to be all right in the sight of God, when 
given in such a way that his servants and his 
cause may be benefited. Whether therefore ye 
eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the 
glory of God. 1 Oor. 10: 31. This let ns all do, 
and then all questions as to what we shall nse, 
etc., will be settled. 



WE WORK ¥OR PAY. 



BY A. B. PETEBS, 



This is the leading thought of to-day where- 

ever we go. Men are searching after the easiest 

and safest way to make money for themselves 

and families and secure homes in this world. 

We are receiving letters of inquiry from various 

parts of the Brotherhood with reference to this 

subject, and what the prospects would be for 

Bnrely a gift is not wrong; for we read that I them in our country. I wish to say in brief that 

" God so loved the world, that he gave hie only 1 1 believe the Lord made this great plain for 

begotten Bon, that whosoever believeth in him I man to enjoy. Here he oan do as the Lord has 



■aid, — earn his bread by the sweat of his face. 
To make it pay we must have an unswerving 
purpose and prove to be just what the Lord 
wants us to be. This establishes a confidence 
npon the part of those around ns and opens 
the hearts of men and brings help in time of 
need. This has been proved to onr satisfaction 
here on the frontier of what is called the Great 
Northwest, where men's hearts wonld be least 
expeoted to be reaohed. Brethren, we should la- 
bor to establish that kind of a confidence, be- 
oanse it will pay. It makes money, makes Ohris- 
tians and saves souls. The Savior says, " Seek 
ye first the kingdom of God and his righteous- 
ness and all these things shall be added unto 
you." Matt. 7: 33. I am glad that a great many 
remember the above Scripture. Why? Because 
it will pay, and the Lord, who never fails, is 
to be the paymaster. 

Since we have located in North Dakota we see 
more than ever the great need of the spread 
of the Gospel. We find a Gospel preached every- 
where, even among the red men of the Turtle 
Mountains and other places, but the pure and 
unadulterated Gospel is what we need. This 
shonld be held before the world. 

I have seen from three to six ministers seated 
aronnd one stand. Is there not danger of being 
numbered with the one that hid Mb Lord's mon- 
ey ? Is there any pay for ns under such oironm- 
stances? The paymaster will reward ns accord- 
ing as onr work shall be. The apostle says, "He 
that does not work shonld not eat." This might 
be applied more than one way. Experience has 
long since taught na that it is not so pleasant 
to heed all the calls that may be necessary for 
us to fill, and that many sacrifices must be made 
upon the part of the faithfnl minister, his wife 
and children; bnt the Lord will not fail to reward 
the faithful. 

I am very glad to know that many faithfnl 
brethren and Bisters are preaohing weighty ser- 
mons by their liberal donations and that there 
is a spirit working in onr beloved Brotherhood, 
pushing forward the great work that the Lord 
has intrusted to his ohurch, againet which the 
gates o£ hell shall not prevail. I am favorably 
impreeeed with Bro Moore's plan for mission 
work, — less aoaey spent for travel and more 
to locate ministers where they can take charge 
of a few points and work them np to the highest 
standard, which can generally be d"ne by con- 
tinual, persevering effort. To be successful 
among the people we must be one among them 
in every-day life. Social interviews wield a great 
influence. The example of the apostle Panl is 
to continue at length and thereby establish 
churches. 

I am pleased to say that since we organized 
at Oando, North Dakota, the prospect is favorable 
for two more organizitions. We have ministers 
located, one abont twelve miles north of Devil 
Lake with some members, and also at Mayville, 
with the prospect of two more in the spring 
and some members. Onr prayer ia that in thia 
large plain; where the red man and wild beast 
roamed a few yearB ago, chnrohea may be built 
np and love f easta held by onr beloved Fraternity, 
that the attention of men and women may be 
turned in a different direction, that the Lord 
may have many more faithful servants to pay 
out of his rich treasury. 

To-day we had a pleasant meeting here in Oan- 
do. Our little band is moving along aa well as 
could be expected. The winter, much dreaded 
by the Eastern and Southern people, ia now 
npon us and I think all are prepared for it. The 
large prairie since Nov. 18 ia covered with two 
to three inches of enow, bnt the weather ia mild 
and pleasant at tbia time, We had a beautiful 



January 1, 1896. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



{all, with no blizzards up to this time, We are 
thartkfal to the Lord for the bleEBings we are 
permitted to ecj >y and kindly ask the Brother, 
hood to remember us in onr isolated condition 
at a throne of grace. 
Cando, North Dakota. 



AFTER THE SNOW STORM. 



So pure and white Is all our world this morn, 

That deep thanksgivings fill our raptured souls; 
And back to God, on angel wings are borne, 

Our holy joys His own sweet love controls. 
From the first ray of dawn till waning light, 

The snow fell yesterday In fleecy clouds, 
And stern Old Winter, labored with his might 

Till everything was clothed in spotless shrouds. 
From forest, hill and vale Is every trace 



Of s 



r stores and autun 



The sun that brightly &hlnes In cloudless space 

Is rivaled by the scene his beams fall on. 
The whitened plain that widens to the north 

Is a delightful poem, breathing thanks; 
And here and there a silvery lake looks forth 

And smiles approval on Its ermine banks. 
With what another meaning comes the snow 

Down to God's hungry poor and thinly clad I 
To them It Is a harbinger of woe, 

Foretelling days of suffering dire and sad. 
And yet, this scene to all a promise brings 

Which on our ears In happy cadence rings: 
" What though your sins as scarlet streams do flow 

My blood can wash them clean and white as sno 
It Is too wonderful to comprehend 

How scarlet washed In crimson can be whltel 
How mystical, how strange, dear Lord, the end; 

E'en "whiter than the snow," so dazzling white! 
O, may each soul, that views this lovely scene, 

Be clothed with garments spotless as this snow, 
With every sin dipped In that crimson stream, 

Which for our healing like swift waters flows I 



REPORT OF MINISTERIAL MEETING OF 
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. 

BI A J. NICKEL 

The Fourth Ministerial Meeting of Southern 
District of Illinois was held Nov. 28 and 29, in 
the Woodland church, Fulton Oo. Oharles Gib- 
son, Moderator; A. J. Nickey, Olerk; Conrad 
Filz, Treasurer. 

First Topic, " How can we Best Induce the 
Yonng Members of the Ohnrch to Employ their 
Talents Profitably to the Church?" Following 
are Borne of the thoughts presented: 

Act your charity toward them that they may 
realize its reality and feel its influence. 

Associate with them. Teach them to form cor- 
rect habits, especially promptness. Let onr con- 
versation be such as beoometh devoted Chris- 
tians. 

Sunday school and social meetings are factors 
for spiritual development. 

Do not indulge in conversation that reflects 
discredit on the character of chnrch members, 
thus lessening their influence for good. 

Teach them to realize that the church is their 
spiritual mother and that as such they should 
honor her. 

Second. Topio, "How Should Ohureh-meetings 
be oondncted to Make them Most Interesting 
and Profitable?" 

The chnrch is composed of volunteers, but 
requires government. 

Urge a full and punctual attendance. 

Have a good system in arranging the order 
of business. 

Exercise discretion as to what is presented sb 
business. 



To this end official councils are necessary, but 
should be uaed judiciously so as not to transact 
business, but prepare it for transaction by the 
church. It was found here that some elders find 
no necessity for c tibial councils." 

The spirit of the Lord should rule in council 
meetings, and in that spirit all members should 
feel freedom to discuss all mattsrs presented. 

Presiding officers should be conservative in 
expressing their views, that the spirit cf the Lord 
may govern the meeting instead of the presiding 
offioer. But if he sees the flock about to go 
astray on a principle of the Gospel, he should 
then come forward and set forth the error and 
point out the true path acoording to the Word. 

Third Topic, "Duties of Ministers to one An- 
other, and Duties of the Ministry and Church 
to Eaoh Other." 

Ministry should strive to promote harmony 
and unity amongst themselves, and labor together 
to promole the welfare of the church. 

A* there is room in the world for all to improve 
and exercise all Ihe talents they may possess, 
we should avoid becoming jealous of our brothei 
minister who may succeed better than we do, but 
rather rejoice that the Lord blesses the Word 
at his hands. 

Ministers as the servants of the chnroh must 
be devoted to her, defend her doctrines and labor 
to plant and nourish the Gospel among the chil- 
dren cf men. They are at times required to fore- 
go the enjoyment and comforts of home to pro- 
mote the interests of the church, and when duty 
thus calls them they should respond willingly. 

They should teach the whole Gospel concern- 
ing the pecuniary obligations of the laity to the 
ministry. 

The members should be devoted to the minis, 
try, should hold np their hands spiritually, by 
their prayers and their presence regularly at all 
religions services when at all practicable. 

They should aid them financially, by seeing 
to it that their families are provided for while 
they are absent from the family circle in the 
interests of the ohurch. The chnrch should see 
that any financial embarrassments that may be 
crippling a minister's usefulness to the ohuroh 
are removed and guard against a necessity for 
their repetition. 

We should treat him who is our servant spirit- 
ually at least as well as we do those who serve 
us secularly. 

Fourth Topio, "How can We best Impress 
Individual Responsibility on the Members of the 
Church?" 

We will be judged by God as individuals. The 
church was instituted by Christ as the means 
by which each may work out his individual sal- 
vation. The church is Christian to the extent 
that the individuals composing it are Christians. 

Impress members with the fact that the church 
prospers in the divine life and in spreading the 
Gospel to the extent that each does his duty. 

Blessings likewise come to the ohnrch through 
its individuals, 

We should remind members of the talents in 
their care. 

Impress members with their accountability for 
the manner in which they nse their money. Im- 
press by example. When necessary impress by 
discipline. Make members to feel that they have 
something in trnst. 

Fifth Topic, " How oan we Make the Mission 
Work of Southern Illinois a Greater Sucoess?" 

Observe who are most successful mission work- 
ers. Ability to gather numbers is not always 
a safe criterion of snccess. Observe what dis- 
tricts are most successful and profit by their 
experience. The two principal things laoking 



are (1) enough of the right kind of men; (2) the 
necessary meana to support them. 

Ministers must make greater sacrifices, and 
members must give more liberally. 

Locate the proper men in the mission field and 
give them the proper support God blesses 
cheerful assistance. 

Duties of ministers and laymen to their fami- 
lies are equal, and in proportion as the laity care 
for the minister's family oan he turn his attention 
to saving sonls. 

B°gret was expressed for the absence of the 
Mission Board to prefi; by the well-made points 
on this sabjiot. The importance of urging upon 
the elders the neosssity of ednoating the chnroh. 
es to give mission work their spiritual, moral 
and financial support, was also discussed. 

Sixth Topic, " What Coarse Should a Newly- 
Elected Minister Pursue to Make Fnll Proof 
of his Ministry, and what Assistance Should his 
Brethren Afford him?" 

He must stndy to know and understand the 
Scriptures. 

He and his family should be iu the order. 

He should learn to teach the doctrines of the 
Bible as understood by the chnrch. 

He should cultivate Gospel vigilance and learn 
to be patient and paraeveriug. 

He should avoid tearing down others' work, 
but should build up his work on the Gospel 
fonndation. 

His brethren Bhonld give him opportunity to 
preach. 

He should be humble enough to call for help 
when he needs it and the help should be forth- 
coming. 

The chnrch shonld strive to assist the young 
minister both spiritually and financially, so as 
to develop his talents. 

Deacons shonld look after his wants. 

Seventh Topic, "The Factors which Lead to 
a Prosperous Ohuroh." 

Material shonld be properly prepared when 
coming into the chnrch. 

Exhibit love and sociability to yonng and old, 

Iiemember and visit the aged and afflicted who 
oan not attend meetings. 

MemberB shonld be willing to be led by the 
Holy Spirit as taught in the Word. 

We should profit by the reverses and mistakes 
of the past, Bnd become more fully consecrated 
to God's service. 

Inner more than ontward adornment shonld 
be studied. 

The Word muBt be properly taught and lived 
by the ministers and elder in oharge. 

Proper feeding of the flock is necessctry to spir- 
itual growth. 

Discipline is an important factor. 

Churches are most prosperous where the rules 
of the church are most strictly carried out. 

A faithful resident elder is an important factor. 

Many Scriptures were read or quoted during 
the discussions and well applied to the subjects 
in hand. The general sentiment of all present 
seemed to be that it was good to be there, and 
if we apply the lessons learned the results will 
be far-reaching for good. 

It was decided to hold the next Ministerial 
Meeting during the holidays, IS95. Cyrus Bnch- 
er, A. J. Nickey and 0. 0. Brubaker were ap- 
pointed a committee to prepare program. 0. 0. 
Brubaker, A. J. Nickey and Henry Lilligh were 
appointed as a committee to locate next meeting. 
Oakley, III. _ 

" James commands that the tongne be bridled. 
There are some preachers whose tongues are so 
easily bridled that a small salary or a little popu- 
larity will do the work." 



THE GOSI "' : r , MESSENQB]?. 



January 1, 1896. 



CONVERSION OF NICODEMUS 

BIS 4 EMSWILER. 

There was a rnler of the Jews, a Pharisee, 
named Nicodemus, who was more affected by 
(Jurist's teaohing than either the priests or peo- 
ple; bat understanding the ill favor with which 
he was regarded by those high in authority, was 
restrained from making an open confession of his 
faith lest he should bo made the o'cjsct of scoff- 
ing. Revolving the matter in his mind for sev- 
eral days, no doubt, he at length went to see Je- 
sus in the night (John 3: 2), when none that 
knew him might discover his visit; and hailing 
Christ as Mister, said: "We know that thou art 
a teaoher come from God: for no man can do 
these miracles that thou doeat except God be 
with him" (John 3: 2). To this Jeans replied in 
language disguising his true meaning, as he had 
answered the others: "Verily, I say unto thee, 
Except a man be barn again, he cannot see the 
kingdom of God" (John 3: 3) Nicodemno 
thereupon asked an explanation of what had been 
spoken, by confessing that he knew not how a 
man could be born again when he is eld (John 3: 
4). Peroeiviog that the heart of his questioner 
was inclined to an acceptance of hia mission as it 
had been declared by John, Jesus told him that 
unless a man be born of water and of the Spirit, 
he oannot enter into the kingdom of God (John 
3: 5), and thus made plain to Nicodemus that it 
was the spiritual seoond birth which was esson- 
tial to salvation (John 6: 6). 

But this consolation was not all that Jesns gave 
to Nicodemus, for to this humble ruler was first 
declared what sacrifice was to be made to save 
the world, in the following glowing and glorious 
promise: "As Moses lifted np the serpent in the 
wilderness, even so must th? Soa of man be lifted 
up: that whosoever beiievetk in hitn should not 
perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved 
the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever beiieveth in Mm should not per- 
ish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not 
his Son into the wotld to condemn the world ; but 
that the world through him might be saved (John 
3: 14-17). To Nicodemus, therefore, Christ 
vouchsafed the first confession of his real i 
sion, and the bitter sacrifice which was to 
made as an atonement for the sins cf all mankind. 
The impression made upon Nicodemus by the 
language of the Sivto: was both good and exalt- 
ing, though he is only mentioned, we understand, 
about three timas in the history; bat in the last 
of thes^e it is mmifsst hov trnly convinced he ia 
of Christ's power and love. Though at first seek- 
ing Jesus under the cover of night, his fear of 
thB loss of popularity by acknowledging him nev- 
er came to Nhiismas afserwird. On the other 
hand, when th9 end of Oaris'j's ministry was near, 
and eieaaie3 soaj'at his lite ia the very hour of 
his humiliation Nioodsmns arose, solitary and 
alone, as a msmbor of the Sinhedrim (or su- 
preme couacil of the Jejys) and amid the clamor 
of hit companion, who, having prejudged the 
the Lord, were only awaiting his arrest to pro- 
nounce sentence, confronted them with a ques- 
tion which brought the blush of shame to their 
cheeks as judges: "Doth our law judge any man 
before it hear him, and kaoip what he doeth? 
Bat yet again came Nicolemns to manifest h 
love and faith in Jesns, when, after the crueifi: 
ion, the disciples were confounded and were 
afraid to acknowledge that they were followers 
of him who had beon ooudemned; when the mere 
suspicion of sympathy for Christ was sufficient 
to bring a man to judgment, Nioodernus shows 
his fearlessness, and reverence for his dead Lord. 
" And there oame also Nicodemus ( which at the 



first oame to Jesns by night), and bronght a mix- 
ture of myrrh and aloes (whioh is a very costly 
drug made from the juice of certain trees), about 
an hundred ponnd weight," with which to anoint 
the precious bdtly. 

Timid in the beginning, in the end he showed 
a courage greater than that manifested by any of 
the disciples. Let as here learn that if tonght for 
in spirit and in trnth, Jesus can be found even in 
the lone and dark hours of midnight; though onr 
sins be as scarlet he oan make them whiter than 
mow. 

Anderson, Ind. 



Notes from Our Correspondents. 



a thirsty eoul, so Is good ti 

Bloomville, Olio.— The Bible School for North- 
western Ohio, will be held in the Eagle Creek 
church, six miles northwest of Dnnkirk, Hardin 
Co , opening Jan. 31, 1895, to be conducted by 
Bro. E. S. Young, of Mt. Morris, assisted by Bro. 
L. H. Sby — S. -4. Walker, Nov 23. 

Pleasant Valley Church, Ind.— Last Sunday, at onr 
reg lar meeting, a man who had buried his little 
son one week before, was received into the chnroh 
by baptism. Bro. J. V. Felthouse will assist ns 
in holding a series of meetings during the month 
of February, if the Lord will.— Christian Schrock, 
Dec. 13. 

White Ghnrcb, !nd.— Dec, 5 was onr quarterly 
council, when considerable business was attended 
to. We are having b singing sohool with Bro. 
StudebaSer, of Flora, lad, as teacher. We ex- 
paot Bro. I. M Gibson Deo 21, to assist ns in 
holding a series of meetings. — Mary IT.. Harms- 
son, Bowers, In i , Dec. 16. 

Gamliior, Obio.— Bro. Ed. Loomis, of New Phila- 
delphia, Ohio, came to us Dec. 8 and delivered 
three very interesting sermons. He gave us 
many good thoughts. Four weeks after the above 
date Bro. 0. J. Workman, of Buckeye City, took 
charge of our meetings. We had good attendance 
and very good attention; also very good sermons. — 
Agnes HoucJc. 

Qnemahoning, Pa. — The Sipesville church, of the 
Qaemahoning district, has just closed a very in- 
teresting series of meetings, conducted by Bro. 
George W. Bairigh. He commenced the meet- 
ings Nov. 17 aad continued until Dec. 2, preaching 
in all twenty-one sermons. There were no addi- 
tions to the church, but the members were much 
encouraged and strengthened in the faith of the 
Gospel — John J. Darr. 

Landess, Ind.— Bro. M. L. Hahn, of Pulaski Coun- 
ty, Ind., oame to ns Dec. 1 and preached until the 
16ih. We had twenty-one meetings, including 
one children's meeting. About eighty children 
engaged in that service. Fathers and mothers 
rejoiced to see children come to Christ, there 
having been twelve additions, all single, — five 
brethren and seven sitters, — one being one of our 
own children. May God's richest blessings go 
with our brother I — Aaron Moss, Dec. 17. 

tittle Cove, Pa.— Bro. Thomas Digman, from Gar. 
rett County, Maryland, came among ns Nov. 22 
and remained with us until Dec. 11, preaching 
in all twenty-one sermons. We were made glad 
by one sister (a daughter of the writer) coming 
into the fold of Christ, and one Bister was re 
claimed. Others are oonnting the cost, The 
church held an election for a minister and two 
deacons. The lot fell on Bro. Jacob Keller for 
minister and brethren Thomas McLucas and 
Louis Mills for deaoons. — Sallie A, Myers, Deo, 
13. 



Dlodena, Bo.— Bro. Lewis M. Kob came to ns 
Dec 5 and preached seven sonl-cheering sermons. 
One made the good confession and on Monday 
was baptized. Bro. Kob is an able speaker. He 
makes the Word so plain that all may understand. 
— William WhUestine, Dec. 16. 

Camp Creek, Ind.— Bro. Levi Stoneburner, of 
Washington oongregation, Warsaw, Ind., oame to 
ns Nov. 17, and oommencsd a series of meetings. 
He preached in all nineteen sonl-cheering ser- 
mons. Six were added to the church by baptism. 
The brethren and sisters were greatly encour- 
aged.— Ellen Ruff, Etna Green, Ind., Dec. 17. 

Hickory drove, 111.— Eld. D. E. Price came to us 
Nov. 18 and preached two weeks. His presence 
reminded ns of the pleasant years in the past 
when ministerial exchanges were more prevalent 
in Northern Illinois. Bro. David's voice gave no 
uncertain sound, and the little band of believers 
who compose our organization were much re- 
vived, sinners were also awakened and one was 
rescued and bronght into the fold of Christ. — 
Geo. D. Zollers. 

Upper Fall Creek, Ind. — We still have meetings at 
the old church twice a month, at Bethel and 
Beeoh Grove once a month and at Middletown 
twice. We are expecting Bro. Lewis W. Teeter, 
from Hageratown, Ind., to hold a series of meet- 
ings at the old chnrch in January. Onr quarter- 
ly council will be on Saturday, Dec. 22. What 
a great blessing when all can meet together to 
hear God's blessed Wordl— Florida J. E. Green, 
Honey Creek, Ind., Dec 0. 

Eel River, Ind. — The series of meetings, conducted 
by Eld D. P. Shively, closed at onr -west house 
with two alditions by baptism. We would sug- 
gest that Borne one in every chnrch at the end 
of each year report to the Messenger the addi- 
tions during the year. This would, we think, 
be a good way to get a knowledge of the growth 
of the church. To-morrow night Bro. Dorsey 
Hodgden, the Lord willing, will begin a series 
of meetings at onr middle house. — C. C. Arnold. 

Woolwine, Va.-On Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 P. M , 
we met at the Smith River r.hnrch for worship, 
and many hearts were gladdened to again meet 
Eld. D Hyltoa, who came to worship with us. 
He preached two sermons while here, which were 
indeed edifying, and resulted in one coming for- 
ward and asking for admittance into the fold. 
Bro. Hylton is an earnest missionary. He was 
on his way to Franklin County to hold a series of 
meetings which, we trust, will result in much 
good. — J. A. Hooker, Dec. 5. 

longmont, Colo.— We enjoyed a pleasant little 
meeting on Thanksgiving Day, and the St. Vrain 
ohurch did not forget the destitute in Kan- 
sas. Dec. 1 the writer went to Denver, where 
we had a pleasant oounoil-meeting and met Bro. 
Daggett, from Burr Oak, Kans., who is now ar- 
ranging to take the Denver misaion of the St. 
Yrain church for one year. He preached one 
week for them, with one applicant for baptism. 
A committee was chosen at this meeting on loca- 
tion for a meetinghouse. — S. M. Goughnour. 

Iicwislon, Binn.— Bro. J. B. Shank, of Greene, 
Iowa, oame to onr congregation Nov. 24 and be- 
gan meetings next day and continued till Dec 4, 
when he was called home to assist in holding 
meetings in his own congregation. The meetings 
at our place were oontinued until Deo. 11. O ne 
young lady made the good confession and was 
baptized. We also had services on Thanksgiving 
Day and a oolleotion was taken amounting to 
$31.55 to be rued as we may decide in onr church 
oounoil— J, H Wirt, Dee. 13. 



January 1, 1895. 



THE C30SPEL MESSENGER 



Van Wort, Pa.— Nov. 20 Bro. Joseph Long came 
to us and commenced preaching in the Free 
Spring churehhouse, and continued two weeks, 
preaching in all seventeen sermons. Deo. 2 fif- 
teen precious sonls were bnried with Ohrist in 
baptism. This closed one of the best meetings 
we ever attended. Bro. Long left with two ap- 
plicants, and one was restored. Bro. Michael 
Olaar, of Blair Co., is holding forth the Word of 
Life at Goodville. He commenoed Dec. i and 
will continne till the 16 th. If the Lord will, Bro. 
Edmund Book, of Blain, will commence a meet- 
ing at Eichfield, on the 15th, to continue about 
ten days, and after that he goes to Cross Boade. 
All these points belong to the Lost Creek con- 
gregation.— Alice M. Bashor, Dec 10. 

Sheridan, Okla.— Onr love feast was held Dec. 1. 
It was enjoyed by all present. Twenty com- 
muned. Some of the members from Mt. Hope, 
and one brother from Kansas were with us. We 
ha*! a social meeting on Sunday. Bro. G. W. 
Landis, of Mt, Hope, officiated in the meeting. 
We are a small band here and would like to have 
some brother move here and preach for us. I see 
in the Messenger that there are so many preach- 
ers in some places, and we haven't any. The 
Brethren at Mt. Hope preach once a month, and 
sometimes it is longer between meetings. But 
we thank God for this blessed privilege we have 
thus far. Will the brethren, when passing 
through, please hunt us up ? We are located three 
and one-half miles south and nine miles ea»t of 
Hennessey. — J. J. McMillan, Dec 7. 

Eglon, W. Va.— On Thanksgiving Day the breth- 
ren and sisters met for worship at the Map! 
Spring church at 10 A. M, Eld. Jonas Fike 
preached a Thanksgiving sermon and after that 
they took up a Thanksgiving offering for the 
General Mission, the Home Mission and the 
Washington, D. G, churchhonse, which amounted 
to $14 63. It was a lovely day, and at 7 P. M. 
Eld. Tobias Fike preaohed a sermon at the Brook- 
side church and there the brethren and sisters 
and friends also gave an offering which amounted 
to $4 70 for the above-named three works. On 
the night of Nov. 30 we had social meeting and 
the next day, Dae. 1, was our council-meeting. 
There was not much business. All business 
passed off in harmony. Oar elders gave us some 
good admonitions. Brethren John A. Arnold 
and John 8. Fike ware advanced to the second 
degree of the ministry. At night we had a ser- 
mon preached on the Christian Sabbath by Bro. 
Tobias Fike. The next morning Bro. Aaron 
Fike preached. — Rachel Weimer. 

Sbade Creek Church, Pa On the evening of Oct. 

27, Bro. Geo. 8. Bairigh came to the Scalp Level 
meetinghouse, and opened a series of meetings, 
which lasted until the evening of Nov. 11, preach- 
ing in all nineteen sermons. The attendance and 
attention were good during the entire meeting. 
Bro. Bairigh very ably defended the Gospel, the 
members were encouraged, and three precious 
souls were received into the churoh by baptism. 
On the evening of Nov. 21 Bro. Daniel Walker 
opened a aeries of meetings in the Greenland 
meetinghouse and oontinued until the evening of 
Dec. 9, preaching in all twenty sermons. The in- 
terest continued to grow, and at the last few 
meetings the attendance was so large, that the 
house did not afford enough room, all the stand- 
ing room being occupied, and some were com- 
pelled to remain outside. The members were 
muoh enoonraged and built up and eight precious 
souls were received into the chnroh by baptism. 
All were heads of families and two of them were 
over fifty years old.— L, J. Lehman, Qeittown, 
Pa., Deo. 10. 



Pipe Creak Church, !nd.— The members of this 
chnroh met in quarterly connoil Dec. 13. No dif- 
ficulties of any kind came before the meeting. 
Au aged sister was received into the chnrch by 
baptism at this meeting. The solicitors for the 
Home Mission report the amount of S13 55 for 
the year. Bro. W. B. Deeter expects to com 
mence a series of meetings for us aome time ii 
January.— W. B. Dailsy, Peru, Jrid,, Dec. 11. 

Elk Run, Va.— Dec. 8 we met in church oonnoil, it 
being our fourth quarterly meeting. The weather 
being somewhat rainy, there were but few present. 
Business was disposed of in harmony. Bro. P. 
8. Miller was with us on hie mission, canvassing 
for the building of a chnroh in the City of Wash- 
ington. He preaohed for us each night until 
Deo. 11, when he left for other fields, as his ter- 
ritory is large and time short.— D. O. Zicjler, 
Slover, Va, Dec 13. 

Bethel Chnrch, Va.— This is a branch of the Mt. 
Joy church and is located near the Saltpeter 
Cave, about seven miles from Mt. Joy. Oar Com- 
munion meeting was held Nov. 10. About forty 
members surrounded the Lord's table. Ministers 
present were brethren Geo. Graybill and T. C. 
Denton, from Daleville, Vs., and the home min- 
isters. Bro. Graybill broke the Bead cf Life to 
us. Bro. Denton remained with us until the 21st 
and preached ten soul-cheering sermons whioh 
resulted in eleven precious sonls being added to 
the churoh, eight by baptism r.nd three reclaimed. 
Among them was a very intelligent gentleman 
from Pennsylvania. He. was a member of the 
Baptist church, but when instructed in the way 
of the Lord more perfeotly he gladly aocepted it 
and went on his way rejoioing. — Annie Montgom- 
ery, Dec 8. 

Liberty, 111.— Oar quarterly connoil, held Dec. 1, 
passed off very pleasantly. Oar elder, G. W. 
Oripe, was present. Bro. Bobert B. Oarr was ap- 
pointed Secretary and Corresponding Secretary, 
and Bro. Charles Walker, Treasurer. Among 
other business that came before the meeting was 
a request to change the name of our church from 
Mill Creek to Liberty churoh. It was unani- 
mously decided to make the change, and hence it 
will be known as the Liberty church. We feel 
very much enoonraged here, having received 
twenty-two by baptism and one reclaimed since 
Sept. 15. Bro G W. Oripe preaches the Word 
faithfully and with power, and cur greatest won- 
der is that others can withstand the strong and 
touching appeals made by him. Bro. Oripe will 
commence a series of meetings Dsc. 16 and con- 
tinue until after Holidays, with Communion 
Christmas eve, commencing at 4 P. M , to which 
all are invited. — Robert B. Carr, Dec. 7. 

Edgewood, Iowa.— 1 was requested by the Mission 
Board of Northern Iowa and Eld. 8. H. Miller, to 
come to this place for the purpose of preaching 
some doctrinal sermons. Before coming here I 
had been in Wisconsin several weeks, I left 
home Nov. 1, and on the 3rd attended a feast at 
Luddington, where Eld. 8. H. Baker lives. On 
the 10th we had a council-meeting in the Maple 
Grove church. At this place brethren Franklin 
Myers and O. P. Rowland met with us, and Bro. 
T. D. Van Bnreu was ordained to the eldership. 
I then returned with Bro. 8. H. Baker and 
preached till the 18;h. Then I went to Kaapp, 
ia Dann County, and remained in the Irving 
Creek church, till the 24th, when I left for my 
home, and arrived the same evening. I oame to 
this place Dec. 1, and am holding meetings in a 
achoolhouse abont seven miles west of Edge- 
wood. I do not know what the outcome will be, 
but the congregations are large and the interest 
good.— D. M. Miller, Dec. 13. 



Coqulile Val'cy Obarch, Orogon.-The brethren of 
the Ooquillo Valley church met on Thanksgiving 
D«y and held two meetings. S18 was raised for 
the Western suffarere, and S3 for the Irdia Mis- 
sion. Bince our love feast, Sept. 22, two more 
soulr, husbaud and wife, have been born into the 
kingdom of God. Will not -the command of 
Ohrist, " Go ye into all the world and preach the 
Gospol to every oreature," move some of onr 
Eastern brethren to come West where there are 
great fields readF to harvest? But alas! where 
are the laborers? Who will corns? The minis- 
tsrs of the Coquille chnrch have eight points of 
preaching and many calls for more. There hava 
been eight additions to the church this fall.— 
Geo. C. Carl, Dec. 5. 

Havana, Kans.— Bro. Caleb Fogle, of Independ- 
ence, Kans., has been laboring here at this plaoe, 
at the Christian Privilege church about one week. 
The few members that are here were renewed, we 
think, and will go on their jonrney with more vig- 
or than before. The Word was preaohed with 
power and seemed to be presented to, the minds 
of the people in such a way •that they could not 
gainsay or resist it. Bro. Fogle's last sermon 
w is oa trin9 immersion. He made it very plain. 
After the sermon a Baptist preacher said that 
Bro. Fogle was jaafc right, that trine immersion 
was the only right mode of baptism.— J. W. 
Ro igers. 

Upper Dublin Obarch, Pa.— An interesting len'es 
of meetings closed last evening in this chnroh, 
conducted by Bro. G. N. Falkenstein, of German- 
town. The Truth was presented faithfully and 
forci ly, yet very feelingly. While there were 
no immediate visible results, we cherish the hope 
that the good seed found some fertile soil and 
will in dae time produce an abundant harvest. 
Our dear brother de ivered fourteen excellent 
sermons. The presentation of the subject, " Heav- 
enly Becognition," elicited profound interest 
and awakened much feeling throughout the au- 
dience. These meetings have given us new and 
greater inspiration in the prosecution of our work 
here amidst the discouragements which surround 
us.— ". F. Ki'tinger, Dec. 15. 

Olendaie, Arizona.— Deo. 8 we held our love feast 
at the sohoolhonse iu this place. Elders Peter 
Forney, T. J. Eisenbise and W. F. Gillette, all 
homo ministers, did the preaching, as there were 
no strange ministers present. Seventeen com- 
muned. While we were engaged iu the ordinan- 
ces around those two little tables in the school- 
house I thought of the congregations in the Esst 
where throe or four hundred engage in the or- 
dinances together in their large churchhouses. 
Bat I doubt if there is Bny more, if as much, 
true happintsj in thesa small frontier churches 
where everybody is glad to see people oome and 
settle in their midst and thare is a hearty wel- 
come for everybody. I was one of the few mem- 
bers that composed the Ooou Biver churoh, in 
Iowa, when they organized, then, again, one of 
the number to organize at Eiterly, La., and am 
now here in this frontier ohurch, and I have al- 
ways enj >yed it. On Thanksgiving we had ser- 
vices and on Saturday we had conncil-meeting l 
when five joined by letter. Then we had preach- 
ing on Suuday and every evening until the love 
feast. We have had good congregations and good 
(nestings all the time. We are having beautiful 
weather, with au occasional shower, bat mostly 
bright sunshine and very little wind. Vegetation 
of all kiuds is green, as we have not had any 
killing frosts yet Tomato vines and green peas 
and bsaua are fall of f rait and bloom, Green 
fi^s and rip? peaohes are on the trees and wagon 
loads of raisin grapes are on the vines. — A. S. 
Haughielin, Dec. 9. 



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January 1, 1895. 



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church organization. 

W-All money and correspondence Intended for the Home 
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Tract Work, the »»-J Visitor, and the Brethren'. Sun- 
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WAHTED.-A HUNDBBD MEN. 

Wantbd, a hundred r 

A hundred of the be 
1 From college, mart, 

Roused by the grt 
" Evangelize the world." 

The earnest and the brave 
Will surely heed the call 






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>llv. 



Wanted, a hundred men, 

From churches a hundred score; 
Strange II the call should fall 

To bring out a hundred more; 
For the debt Is more than twice 

What a hundred lives can pay. 
And the church of the living God 

Is hall awake to-day. 

Wanted, a hundred men, 

In the power of grace dlvl.-.e, 
Ready to claim the danger posts 

OI the apostolic line ; 
To live or die for Africa 

In the ranks of Moffat's band. 
Or with Griffith John to plant llle's tre 

In the wastes of the Flowery Land. 

Wanted, a hundred men! 

What heart will not reply, 
To serve thee abroad or at home. 

Lord Jesus, here am I ; 
Me and my own I lay 

Devoted at thy feet: 
Use all in thy great cause 

As wisest love sees meet! 



THE LITTLE CHILDB.EH. 

BI SANOY D. DNDEBHILL. 

In Three Parts— Part Two. 

"Suffer the little children to come unto me, and ft 

The disciples who thought little children « 
nnfit to come to Jeans, he rebnked, saying that 
they should not be forbidden, bat allowed to 
come; " for of 8U0H is the kingdom of heaven." 
The little child is pure, innocent, meek and lowly. 
It is loving, trustful, honest, true. It has less 
need of repentance than older people have, but 
that need not keep it from receiving the dear 
Lord's bleBsing. He took the littles ones np in- 
to his arms, and laid his hands upon them and 
blessed them. They were fit subjects for his 
blessing. He told his hearers that they, too, 
must be converted (changed) and become as a 
little child, ere they conld enter into that glori- 
ous kingdom. All must humble themselves, Bnd 
oast away all sinfulness, pride, selfishness, love 
of applause and worldly honor and riohes, all 
manner of deceitfnlness, avarice, over-eareful- 
nesB, skepticism, etc., and be meek, true, obedi- 
ent, tender-hearted trustful and faithful like lit. 
tie ohildren ere they can receive the Lord'* 
blessing. He assured them that " in heaven 
their angels do alaayt behold the face of my Fa 



ther which is in heaven." What a blessed as- 
suraccal There will be no little children among 
that throng which the King will place at his left 
hand to banish from the presenoe of him who is 
love. Matt. 25: 41. 

It is far easier for a little child to become a 
Christian than for a grown person. Hence, if 
they are encouraged to come while ohildren, 
many more souls will come,— many more be 
saved, than otherwise. If they are not forbidden, 
there is nothing to hinder them from coming in- 
to the fold. They naturally love those who love 
them, and wish to be with them. Hence when 
they are told that Jesns loves them, they desire 
to be with Jesus. They have not so many sins to 
repent of, nor the worldly tiea to sever, nor the 
dread of worldly soorn, nor the shBckles of world- 
ly gain to dispose of that older people have. 
They have nothing (nothing but mistaken disoi- 
ples) to prevent them from walking straight into 
the Savior's arms, and receiving his blessing. 
They have no skepticism to conquer: they natur- 
ally believe. Th6n why not let them come? 
They are believers. It is the hardened old sin- 
ner that beoomes a skeptic or infidel. It is after 
we have become gnilty that we begin to seek ex- 
enses, and wonder if there is not some oilier way 
of escape. The innocent child does not care nor 
wish for, nor even think of any other way ; the 
way of trnth and love and mercy suits it. 

A child oan learn the truth just es soon as it 
can learn anything else. Whenever a child can 
understand that pBpa loves it, and that grandma 
sent it a present, it can understand, — if told, — 
that God loves it, and that Jesns gave his life for 
it. Whenever it oan learn about its absent re 
lationB (and what little child of four does not 
know all about Aunt Rachel, Uncle George and 
grandma?) it oan learn all about the 
Parent and elder Brother, also, if taught, about 
the Holy Spirit Little children understand far 
more than we older ones think. They learn 
more readily than older persons do, and retain 
that which they learn. The few things that were 
told me at the age of five, regarding the Heaven- 
ly Father, are as vivid in my memory to-day as if 
it were bnt yesterday that I learned them. At 
five or six we begin sending our little ones to 
school. Why? Because we realize that their 
minds are capable of receiving instruction and re- 
taining knowledge, and we desire them well 
stored with usefal information. They are just as 
capable of learning about heavenly things at that 
age, as they are about earthly things. It is just 
aB easy for them to learn about heaven as it is 
for them to learn about Asia, or about their ad- 
joining State or County. The latter is north or 
south, or east or west of us, while the former is 
above. One is near to us but beyond our sight; 
so is the other. At the age of seven years, a 
ohild's brain is supposed to be developed It is 
then capable of reasoning, studying, learning and 
acting. It does so to some extent before. A 
ohild that has been properly instructed, is capa- 
ble of accepting and obeying Jesns at the age of 
seven. They are supposed to be capable of 
obeying their parents much sooner, and they are. 
But any intelligent child, having received the 
proper instruction is capable of becoming a 
Christian and a member of the churoh, at the 
age indicated, and before that time such may be 
considered innocent, as little children. The in 
nocence may extend much farther on account of 
a lack of instruction and various other 
stances. 

The age of accountability, as mentioned in the 
Scriptures, seems to have been twenty years in 
olden time. See Num. 14: 29-31. Persons 
above twenty years of age may aooept Christ, but 



it is too late. While they are held accountable 
for their Bins after this age (I do not mean to say 
that they may not be accountable much earlier) 
they need not wait until this time to enter the 
straight and narrow path of safety. It is well 
for them to start in the heavenly way as ear- 
ly as possible. They will have all the mors 
years to devote to the service of the Blessed Mas- 
ter, all the more time to grow in graoe and right- 
eousness. The earlier they come, the easier it 
will be, the more joy they will have, the more 
good they will do, the stronger and better they 
will become, the less gnilt they will have to re- 
pent of, the less sin to forsake, the less effort to 
make, the less to give up, the more to win, the 
less to undo, the more to accomplish. 

The Holy Spirit of love wrestles with human 
Bonis at oertain times during their earthly piU 
grimage. The Lord appears to eaoh one, per- 
sonally, through his Word and Spirit and invites 
them,— urges them,— to come unto himself. The 
soul is oonsoions of the Divine appeal. Until 
that time, a soul may remain innocent, but after 
that time, it seems to me. that soul is responsible, 
whatever its years may be. The writer was but 
ten years of age when her oonsoience was first 
stirred by the Lord's personal invitation to her 
bouI to come to him. We are well acquainted 
with a youth who received the heavenly sum- 
mons with oonvinoing power at the age of seven. 
The child hears the Word. The Holy Spirit ap- 
plies the Truth to the heart. It is then oapable 
of obeying, and ought not to be rejected or for- 
bidden, as delays are very dangerous, Twenty 
years ago there were several young girls convert- 
ed to Christ. Three or four of their brothers 
felt they ought also to confess and obey the Sav- 
ior, but receiving little or no encouragement, 
they put it off. One of them is now dead. I un- 
derstood that he had made a profession. One is 
the beloved brother of your sister and correB- 
pondent; he is now thirty-six years old, and still 
out of the fold. Oh, that he would come in now, 
ere it be too latel Think, Christian friends, of 
all the years spent outside of the fold by theBe 
discouraged souls,— spent in the service of whom ? 
The years that Christ ought to have had,— the 
years that conld have been so bountifully filled 
with blissful service on the part of the child, had 
he given his heart to the good Master. 

The older any one grows in sin, the harder 
his heart becomes, till finally he ceases to feel 
the Spirit's gentle influence. Even trees grow 
harder with age. So it is with human beings. 
The little young plants, like little children, are 
tender, easy to train, inflnence and control. 

We will here present a diagram which repre- 
sents the writer's views of a child's spiritual 
oonrse in life. 




The horizontal line represents childish inno- 
cence, bnt by and by the child comes to the place 
where he must ohoose a course leading to heaven 
or elsewhere. The straight and narrow way 
looks very steep, it leads upward. If he is a 
yonng, innocent child, he will not be at all daunt- 
ed, because although it will be like one long 
olimb up a ladder, he humbly trusts in Jesns 
who has descended and ascended, and will 
descend again (see Luke 24: 51; Acts 1: 9-11), 
and who stands waiting, pleading, ready to re- 
ceive the little convert in his arms ; and because, 



like Jacob, he can see the angels of God aacend- 
they are very liable to keep putting it off until ' ing and descending upon it. The visible angels 



January 1, 1895. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



of God, aie the faithful pastors, ministers, teach- 
ers, parents and Christian helpers who are ever 
read; to lend a helping hand to aid the trembling 
soul to climb higher. Bat it he be started well 
in sin and the wisdom of this world, he will hesi- 
tate when he oomes to the forks in the road, He 
will reason to himself, " I'm afraid I can never 
olimb that steep ladder, olear to the top." " Sup- 
pose I start, and get part way up, and then lose 
my hold and fall back." Then he looks aronnd 
him and sees a crowd of spectators ready to langh 
when he falls. He blnshes and hesitates, — 
haven't yon seen him? Ohl will he listen to the 
Spirit's gentle wooing and cast all his care npon 
the dear Savior who stands ready to receive him 
with outstretched arms and to bear all his load, 
and never leave nor forsake him, but be with him 
always even nnto the end? Or, will he, listening 
to the wily tempter, reason, "I'll go on this way 
a little while longer; the way seems tolerably 
safe; I don't see much downward slope in it yet; 
there are lots of people going that way and it 
seems to be very popular, besideB, it is broad and 
easy; the other is very narrow, and straight up 
and-down. I know heaven is at the top of it, 
but I'll just go on thiB way a little farther with 
my friends, — I hate to forsake them,— and have 
a good time, and by and by, when I'm older, and 
there are not so many people looking, I'll run 
back and climb the ladder." 

Bat, my loved friends, the broad and easy way 
is very deceiving. It at first seems almost or 
qnite horizontal, but it is not straight like the up- 
ward way. It soon begins to descend, and the 
farther one travels upon it, the steeper the des- 
cent, the greater the throng of jeering epeolatore, 
and the harder it is to turn back to the straight 
and narrow way The heavenly way is indeed a 
ateep ascent, but we do not have to climb it in our 
own strength. We must cast all onr care upon 
Him who careth for ns, and He will take us safely 
to the heavenly home. There are angela all the 
any to help us. We need not fall ; only trust, and 
keep on climbing upward. The reason some fall 
is. because they become dizzy by looking back 
and downward. Always look dp. 

The ohild who has not been properly instruct 
edin the Way of Truth, should BE instructed. 
Let not his innocence debar him from entering 
the fold, but give him the necsssary instructions 
and receive him in your arms. We represent 
Jesus to the world, therefore do as Jesue does. 
Eeceive him, and then be an angel of light to 
him all along the upward journey. Help, uphold, 
encourage him. 

Teach the little ones to oome to the Lord in 
prayer. Every Christian family ought to conduct 
family worship at the beginning and close of every 
day. All the ohildren should be required to 
attend these exercises, which should be made in- 
teresting, as well as instructive, to them. Let 
some lively song, Buch as "Jesus loveB me," 
"Oome to Jesus," or " Dare to do right," be sung, 
and the children encouraged to assist. Then let 
a few (not many) verses of Scripture be read by 
one of the parents or older children, and all 
should be encouraged to ask and answer ques- 
tions. Then let prayer be offered and another 
song sung. Let the little ones select part of the 
songs. Our little ones usually close with the 
Lord's prayer. If circumstances are such that a 
family cannot be assembled to worship, the little 
ones should at least be taught to prsy each morn 
ing and evening npon arising and retiriog. The 
habit will be of much benefit to them in all their 
future life. Let the dear little ones oome to JeBUS, 
in prayer, in song and in obedient servioe. " The 
Spirit and the Bride say, Oome. And let him that 
is athirat come. And whosoever will, let him take 
of the water of life freely." 



BY J. D. MILLER 

1, Why do not all of the members of our be- 
loved Brotherhood take the Gosr-EL Messenger 
and learn more of the work of the church? 

Why are Borne members bo anxious to spend 
money for pleasure seeking and attending world- 
ly amusements, and so careless to attend oouncil 
and public religions meetings? 

3, Why do some members spend so muoh mon- 
ey for tobacco and gay olothing, and so little for 
missionary work? 

4, Why do some of the brethren and sisters 
wear gold as an ornament, and not heed the ad- 
vioe of Inspiration? 1 Tim. 2: 9; 1 Pet, 3: 3. 

6, Why do some of the sisters think it neces- 
sary to put on the prayer covering when they go 
to chnrcb, and at home around the family altar, 
and not when they ait to a table to eat when a 
blessing is asked? 

6. Why do some of the brethren take off their 
hats at church in time of prayer, and not when 
they attend a funeral of a relative? 

7. Why do we often see at some of the Breth- 
ren's houses so many newspapers lying on th^ 
stand, and no Gospel Messenoeb? 

8. Why do not all of the brethren have a fami- 
ly altar erected? Who will answer these eight 
questions? 

Q-oshen, Ind. 

[We would like to answer all of theae ques- 
tions, not so much for Bro. Miller's satisfaction, 
as for the benefit of others, but they are beyond 
our comprehension. — Ed. 



AT SEA. 



BY QEBTBTJDE A FLOBY. 



>. Hochslcdler.Rc, 



-Michael C. Do.u 



MISSIONARY AND TBACT FUND. 



We are launched on the sea of 1895, bonnd for 
the port of 1896 We are like a vessel in mid- 
ocean surrounded by a dense fog; we do not know 
whether we are pressing into dangers or happy 
surprises. How have we planned for this voyage 
so dark with mysteries? Have we planned to 
Bteer onr own vessel, or have we secured the ser- 
vice of the All-wise Pilot to guide us to the port 
so shadowy in the dim and distant future? 

Many who started on the voyage of 1894 in ex- 
pectation of reaching the port of 1895 were land- 
ed in the harbor of eternity unprepared for their 
sudden arrival. To them, eternity was far in the 
distance, notwithstanding passoDgers were stop- 
ping here at all hours of the voyage. 

Are we on the Old Ship Zion, or have we 
planned to board her in the future? Tomorrow 
she may be too far out at sea to take on passen- 
gers or to hear our cries for refuge, muffled by 
the heavy footsteps of death treading on onr 
heels 1 But io-daj we can secure a safe passage 
for the voyage before us. Let us be wise and not 
leave it to be done on the uncertain to-morrow I 
Li Porte, Ind. 



MISSION RECEIPTS FOE NOVEMBER, 1894. 

[jy Should there be any amount sent In during the month 
that Is not herein acknowledged, please notify the Secretary 
i.ntw.lid.ly, giving amount, date of sending, and how sent. 
Corrections for this month, if any, will appear In connection 
with next month's report. Usually, amounts mailed after 
the aSth of a month appear In the following month's report. 
HOME AND EUROPEAN FDND. 






1 ■ 1 No a It total 


1 oa 


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{l/sidonfy fir rnHiintim and DislribuUtn if Tracii.) 








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INDIA MISSION FUND. 
( Us,d inljf for lit Minim m India) 

l.ir-ie Savior. Mt.M..rris.S>; I. H. llenriek., Cerro Gardo, Sa S o: 
D. Wingcrt and wire. franklin Grove, 55; total 


3. a, 


Ikil -Goo. V. and Eliaa Kollar, North Philadclphra, S5; Sallie 
nkster, Aiuger, 56; Ellon Fisher, Dallie, Si; Seneca church, S,o. 3 




t Coventry, S-: Li^ie Rnthrauf, Waynesboro, 5 ,; Eliaal ,eih Grey 




fettttu.— Ruel Smith, Himlln, 5 to; a brother, McPhcrson, 50 cents 




A.„,;,,»A-A sister, S.: total,. . 




WASHINGTON CITY MEETINGHOUSE. 
A kasi in muhlntlm it trinlly nadtd in irdsr Hal Ik, 

r, „,.,, Jo mors ,ff,c,„al -.oork and km Ihl ndoanlagl, o/n/<r 
ae. Thi Comrnillt, jS raises to build ,w soon ns sitfflciml/u 

Pennsylvania — Mrs.A. H. High, East Coventry, 5s: Rachel Fox 
w btamtoo. 50 cents; D. G. Hendricks, Chester. 5*5: a sister, Alte 




,,,,, .R„e, Smith, Hamlin. 1, brother, Braailtoo, 05 cent. 




Vin sr— Mrs Sm,on Vundt, Mt. Morris, St; a brother, M 
.rrU, -,. U*is Iteoberry. Mt Morris, St: Mrs. Wm. Ikeobcrry 


$IOCO 


O W. Reed. Easton. ...cents: II Clara Reed. EastOD, St; total 

low -Sarah E. Black. St. Charles, 50 cents; G. E. Goughnour an 
le, M«»w«ll, 5i: C Z Relic, Mnxsvell, Si; total 








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THE GOSPEL MESSBNGB^. 



January 1, 1895. 



lS pe M.emei \ 



■ '■■■athren's Pul 



D. L. MILLER, Mount Morris, J.U., 
H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Huntingdon, Pa 
J. H. MOORE, 

J. G- Rover, ( 

JOSEPH AMICK, 



( . . Editors, 

Office Editor. 

Associate Editors. 

Business Manager 



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Letters, rcade pa7- 
ioant Harris, IT!.," 



Mount Morris, 111., 



Jan, 1, 1895 



The largest library in the United States is the 
Congressional Library at Washington. It con- 
tains 700,000 books. The new building for it will 
accommodate 5,000 COO volumes. Surely of the 
making of books, as Solomon says, there is no 



At the laHt meeting of the Michigan State 
Teachers' Association a committee was appointed 
to ask the Legislature to pass a law prohibiting 
any one using tobacco from receiving a certificate 
to teach school. This is good. But how about 
men preaching, who use tobacco? 



Persons in writing to this effio?, or any other 
offica, should always give their name, postoffioe 
and State. So many think we know their post- 
office and do not take the trouble to give it, We 
know a few things, but when it cornea to remem- 
bering the addresses of thousands of subscribers, 
we must confess that it is juat a little too much 
for us. 

Bbo 0. K Bdbeholder, of Bagley, Iojra, writes, 
" The Messenger goes to every family of Breth- 
ren here, and one not a member. Gould you not 
spare one of your preachers to locate here?" A 
church which does that well for the Messenger 
moat assuredly deserves a preacher, and were we 
Eeeking a location we would want to get into just 
that kind of a church. Possibly we might spare 
a preacher or two if you can get them interested 
in the location. 

When writing this office on business please 
do not address your letter to any one connected 
with the piper, not even one of the editors, 
The one thus addressed may chance to be absent 
at the time the letter arrives, and the business 
to which it relates mnst be delayed until that 
particular person returns to his desk and opens 
his mail. Addreaa all communications, " Breth- 
ren's Publishing Co, Mt. Morris, 111,," and your 
business will be attended to promptly. Those 
who think their business will receive closor 
attention if sent direot to one of the editora are 
mistaken. 



Not counting the Sniiday schools, there Bra 
sid to be twenty million services held in the 
United 8tatea every year. Of these services, 
our people do not hold far from one handled 

thousand. 

Do net feel afraid to give for the purpose 
if erectiDg a house of worship in Washington 
City. The work ia in the handa of the General 
Mission Board and they will see that the money 
lisely used. Bnt it is unsafe to respond to 
the oalls made by means of printed ciroulars 
through the maila, and not endorsed by some 
.iseion Board. The Washington Oity move- 
ment is properly endorsed. 



Fob months a war has basn going on between 
Japan and China JapBn has a population of 
40 000.000 while China has not fir from 400,000, 
000 Tet the former ia defeating the latter in 
every battle. This ia because the Japanese 
aoldier8 are well drilled and know how to use 
modern firearms with skill. Thna the weaker in 

iber has proven to be the stronger in the eon- 
Victory does not always come to gr.eat 
nnmbera. Much depends upon their skill in 
handling the implements of warfare. We may 
pply this trnth to the soldiers of the cross. Hie 
cause is a good one, the weapons of his warfare 
are the very beat, but he must know how to use 
them with skill. The Word of God iB the Sword 
of the Spirit, but the minister must know how to 
use it in all the conflicts with the enemy. A few 
well trained soldiers of the cross can turn the 

Id upaide down. It ia not numbers we need, 
but skill, loyalty and determination, 



An agent, who succeeds in getting the Messen- 
ger into about twenty families in a congregation 

here there are at least sixty families, says tho 
strangest objection he meets is from persona who 
m that they do not have time to read the 
paper. We are made to wonder how these people 
'peud then evenings! Surely they muet read 
something, and we should think that they would 
have time to read their ohurch paper. Our agent 
thinks the members do too much viaiting on Sun- 
day, Posaibly this may be true, but even that 
should not keep them from doing some profita- 
ble reading. Visiting on Sunday, like many oth- 
er things, msy be carried io extremes, and y6t 
it may be made to serve a good purpose. 
Much depends upon the motive and the way it 
done. If we visit only for the "loaves and fiahea" 
the object is purely carnal and is not likely to 
result in any good. But if we visit with a view 
of moral and religious, or even aocial enjoyment 
we may well expect a blessing. 

Many ministers might add much to their in- 
fluence for good among the people, where they 
live and preaoh, if they would endeavor to be 
more sociable with the people who attend relig. 
ious services conducted by the Brethren. At the 
olese of services the cffiiials, instead of spending 
all their time around the stand, greeting and talk- 
ing to each other, should pass out into the con- 
gregation and greet the common pBople, and in 
particular, the young folks and strangers. In 
aome of our congregations there are young peo- 
plo, and even young raatnbera, who never get to 
shake hands with the elders of the church. Thia 
oaght not ao to be. The elder ought to be more 
sociable with hia hearers, and if possible greet 
them all occasionally. At least he should mani- 
fest a willingness to do so and make the effort, 
and thereby set the example for other officials. 
If we would have the proper influence among the 
common people, we must keep in touch with 
them. 



The Disciples in the United Slates have un- 
dertaken to raise $48,000.00 for missionary pur- 
po.esthia year. The late convention at Richmond, 
Vs., made en apportionment by States, and accord- 
ing to tho plan agreed upon Illinois is to raise 
S5.000. They claim nearly one million members. 

One of onr subscribers, who allowed her sub- 
scription to go unpaid for several months, now 
remits the amount due, and then adds : " Thanks 
for waiting so long. Sickness in the family was 
the cause. I hope I can do better next year. 
You can set me down as one who wants the Meb- 
benger as long as I can pay for it." The Spirit 
of this letter is to be commended. 

While it is well to have the better class of 
people in the church on account of the influ- 
ence they exert for good, we should in no wise 
neglect the common people. Concerning the 
Savior's preaching, it is said that the common 
people heard him gladly, and as a religious body 
we should so conduct ourselves towards them, 
that they will take great pleasure in attending 
our services and hearing our ministers preach the 
Word. It will never do to get beyond the reach 
of the common people. 

The more news we get concerning the late Ar- 
menian massacre the more appalling the deed ap- 
pears. A letter received by the American Mis- 
sionary Board says that a virulent form of cholera 
has broken out among the people, and that only 
about ten per cent recover from the attack. It is 
believed that this virulent disease is due in part 
to the Btench of the carnage which took place. 
The extent of the slaughter seems to be as great as 
was at first reported, the number being probably 
10,000. The Turkish officers are trying to keep 
the real facts from the world, but this is a day 
when a deed of this magnitude cannot be done 
in a corner. Proper authorities have gone to the 
scene of the wholesale murder and will investigate 
the affair and make further reports. The leading 
newspapers of the world are demanding that Tur- 
key be oalled to account for allowing such crimes 
io her territory. The time was, when suoh things 
were but little noticed, bnt now the press rises np 
with a feeling and force that will make its power 
felt. 

On their way to India, our missionaries passed 
through the Sue z Canal a few weeks ago. This 
canal unites the waters of the Red Sea and the 
Mediterranean. It was cut by the famous De 
Lesseps, the most skillful engineer of modern 
times, and opened for vessels in 1865 and com- 
pleted in 1869. He then undertook to cut a 
canal across the Isthmus of Panama, and so great 
was the people's confidence in the man of genius 
that money was entrusted to him to the amount 
of over 8100,000,000. The project failed, De 
Lesseps was tried by the courts of France, found 
gnilty of practicing a gigantic fraud and sen- 
tenced to imprisonment. No man of this age has 
received greater honors, but he is now dead, 
having yielded up his spirit a few days ago. He 
goes from the stage of action with a stain npon 
his character that can never be erased from the 
pages of history. It is sad to think that one so 
great should go to the grave followed by the 
record he has made during the closing years of 
a wonderful life. 



THE ONE PAPER. 



We believe in one ehuroh paper for our one 
Brotherhood. We believe that it is the earnest 
desire of all our people to have only the one pa- 
per, that they may get the church news with as 



January 1, 1896. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGEIf. 



little reading as possible, and also at small ex- 
pense. Had we two papers it would eost the peo- 
ple $3.00 to get the news for which they now pay 
only S1.50. Tears ago when we had two papers 
they were read in only abont 4,000 families. Bnt 
since we have but the one paper the number of 
families receiving it has doubled several times. 
This shows the strong preference for the one pa- 
per. Of course our people want the Messenger 
brought up to the highest possible standard, and 
this we have been trying to do. We believe that 
the paper has gradually grown better,— at least 
many of the readers say so, — and as the months 
go by we think there will be perceptible improve 
ments. 

So far as ohuroh news is conoerned, we make 
room for all there is, and that snrely answers the 
purpose. Not one particle of fresh news is de- 
nied admission into the paper. We also find room 
for all the essays of special merit, and have to de- 
oline none save those falling below the standard 
demanded by the class of readers we are endeav- 
oring to edify and instruct. 

In order that we may make the Messenger as 
useful as possible, it becomes our people to give 
it their snpport. This they are doing in a very 
encouraging manner. Still there ia a chance for 
improvement here, and we are sure that all ear- 
nest workers will endeavor to do their part. We 
should also be favored with all the church news 
and the very best essays that the talent of the 
Fraternity con produce. We have no ground for 
complaint along this line. 

Editorially, we are constantly struggling to in- 
crease our proficiency, and as the years corne and 
go we think that the readers will have occasion 
to feel that the cause is not being neglected. 

Looking at the prospects along the lines men- 
tioned, we are prompted to aek our readers to do 
their utmost to assist in making the Messenger 
all that can reasonably be desired in a church 
paper, and they will most assuredly find that one 
well-oonduoted paper among us will prove a 
blessing, while several might probably prove any- 
thing but desirable. If we want but the one pa- 
per let us endeavor to support it with our patron- 
age, talent and influence. J. H. M 



ONE BAPTISM. 



Mr. Sommer, the one who held a debate with Bro. R. H. 
Miller, Is holding a meeting at Hammond, six miles east of 
here. In his preaching on baptism he quoted this Scripture: 
" One Lord, one faith, one baptism." He said the Greek reads 
" One Lord, one faith, one dip." Will you Inform us If that 
Is a correct rendering? E. F. W. 

La Place, III. 

Tee Greek justifies no suoh a rendering, snd 
Mr. Sommer, it seems to us, ought to know it. 
The word which he renders dip is baptisma in the 
original, and by Wilson, in his Emphatic Dia- 
glott is translated dipping. If the Greek word 
was bapto it could be rendered dip, but since it 
is baptisma the oorreot rendering is dipping, 
hence, "one Lord, one faith and one dipping." 
The Syriac version has a peculiar rendering of 
this passage. It reads thus: "For the Lord is 
one, and the faith one, and the baptism one." 
Eph. i: 6. Speaking of this passage, Ohrysostoro, 
the eminent Greek soholar, who read the Greek 
and did his preaching in that language, says, 
"Christ delivered to his disciples one baptism 
in three immersions of the body, when he said 
nnto them, Go teach all nations, baptizing them 
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and 



of the Holy Ghost." Jerome, the brilliant Greek, 
Latin and Hebrew soholar, who gave to the 
world the first rendering of the New Testament 
in good Latin, comments thus on Eph. 4: 5, 6: 
" We are thrice dipped in water, that the mystery 
of the Trinity may appear to be but one; and 
therefore, though we be thrice put under the 
water, to represent the mystery of the Trinity, 
yet it is reputed but one baptism " 

We give these quotations to show that scholars, 
who read the original language as their mother 
tongue, do not in any sense justify the rendering 
ascribed to Mr. Sommer. j, b. m 



NEW YEAR GBEETINQ. 

As days come and go, oar opportunities and 
lives are swiftly passing away, and our record is 
being male. And yet, how very hard it is for us 
to realize that our span is being measured and 
that our web of life, inch by inob, is growing 
shorter and shorter, and soon, perhap?, very soon, 
the end will come Oar summations of life are 
largely measured by our meetings and partiDga — 
or perhaps we had better say it the other way — 
our partings and meetings, because in the part- 
ing alwajs comes a tinge of sadness, while the 
sweet hope of meeting comes to us as the oil of 
anointing that causes the cup to overflow. 

We sometimes sing: "In all our meetings here 
below our souls are blest with good." Is it not 
true that much of our good in life comes from our 
meetings and greetings? When we say, "All of 
our meetings," do we ever think what it means 
and how much of the sweetness of onr lives has 
come to us in these meetings and greetings? 
These are the occasions we look forward to with 
so much fond hoping and bright expectations, — 
The greeting of dear ones, as they return to their 
homes, family rennions, greetings in the sanctuary 
of those of like precious faith, at our Ministerial, 
District and Annual Meetings, — what seasons of 
joy these greetings have been we need not tell, as 
what the eyes have seen and hearts have felt is 
sweeter and more impressive than pen can de- 
scribe. We have this truth most beautif ally set 
forth in the lives and experiences of the patri- 
archs and fathers of Bible story. And none that 
we can now think of are more impressive than the 
meeting of Joseph and his brethren and of his 
father when " he fell on his neck, and wept on his 
neck a good while." 

In the Epistolary writings we have much stress 
laid on the meeting and greeting of the saintB. As 
often as fourteen times the children of hope are 
exhorted to greet one another as in expreasion of 
the joy that is experienced in meeting. 

And as our mind flits over these loving scenes 
we are made to think of Paul and Silas in that 
dark prison with their hands manacled in iron 
chains and their feet fast in the stocks. Did you 
ever think what it was that made them sing and 
praise God in that dark dungeon? It was the 
hope and joy of meeting— perhaps not so much in 
Wz life, as the one " over there." And there was 
joy there that made the prison tremble, the doors 
to burst ajar, the stocks to open and the chains to 
fall broken to the floor. 

In these greetings here we are made to see 
through a glass only darkly. But they are won- 
derf ally expressive and point us to that one which 
will be real, fall and lasting. 

With what pathos we have set before ns the 
greetings of Paul's Boman brethren as they came 



to meet him at Appii Forum and at the Three 
Tavern« I He waa so overjoyed that he thanked 
God and took courage. 

Siit always has been, is yet, and always will be 
as long as we have greetings and meetings. We 
have been lovingly together for a season and our 
aasociations have been pleaBant, but the time of 
parting comes, the warm grasp of the hand is giv- 
en and the last words are sealed with tears. A 
few days pass by and we look back with pleasure 
as we remember past associations; but how much 
more gladsome are the thoughts that come to us 
of meeting again, OBpeoially if it is to be a meeting 
of time and bright prospects! 

These thoughts have come to ns time and time 
again, and year after year, in connection with our 
bnsiness and editorial work. And some of our 
most pleasant experiences have been in meeting 
and greeting those with whom we have become ac- 
quainted through our writing. Sinoe 1870 we 
have had our weekly pen talk with hundreds and 
thousands of our brethren and sisters whom we 
have never met personally, and yet our parting 
and meeting each year seems quite real. 
And when we do happen to meet, there is a famil- 
iarity about it that other relations could not give. 
Already the parting words for 1894 have been 
said. And in the saying of them there is an un- 
definable sadness that can be realized only by 
those who have had the experience. How often 
does the thought loom up before us, What effect 
have our words said and thoughts expressed had 
on the lives and destinies of those to whom they 
have been addressed? And then, has our pen as- 
sociation been such as can make us feel good at 
parting, and can we, with a good conscience, ask 
that it may be continued? 

Looking at oar own work, as it goes out from 
us, we are made to feel that it is not worthy of 
euch asking. Bnt as we see the effeots, as a whole, 
on the lives of those receiving it, we are made to 
thank God and take oourage. 

And as we now come to you, for the first time in 
the New Year of our Lord 1895, we extend to you, 
in the ties of Christian love, this greeting: God 
be with you and crown the year with his richest 
blessings. May the dews of heaven come down 
and the fruits of the earth come up, and thus may 
your basket and your store be filled with the 
needful good things of life— and above all things, 
may your lives be so Christ-like and your souls so 
hungry and open for the heavenly manna that you 
may be filled to all fulness with the unspeakable 
j eys that the loving Father is always waiting to 
give. 

And remember, dear ones, as yon enter this new 
year that you are only stewards and that yonr re- 
ceiving will be conditioned upon your using. As 
the years shorten and the finality approaches, the 
oontest with the powers of ain grows hotter and 
more determined. As a steward and soldier of 
the Lord's, he has much for you to do. And as 
yon are willing to do, so will the possibilities come 
to you. With the world open to us as a mission 
field, and precious sheaves to be gathered all 
around us, 1895 dawns upon us with muoh to do. 
May we so unite our foroes and so utilize that 
whioh we have, and that which may come to us, 
that when the year oloies in upon us, we can feel 
that a mighty work for the Lord has been done. 
And so may the Lord bless us and you and the 
chnrch of onr choice— th6 Church of Christ. 

H. B. B, 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



January 1, 1895. 



BIBIICAI CKITICISM. 



With many it takes the greater part of a life- 
time to learn how little they know. And those 
who never learn this are the ones who know the 
most and are the most officious in having their 
views enforced in the lives of others. To know 
the trnth, in reference to the Scriptures and how 
they came to ns onght to make ns feel very hum- 
ble and self-abased. How many of us ever care 
to know what it cost to have the Bible as we now 
have it? Precious lives have been sacrificed that 
the world might have a pure Gospel on which to 
base its hope of salvation. 

For the first fourteen centuries the Bible was 
held in manuscript written on parchment and vel- 
lum. Parohuients were made from the skins of 
sheep and goats, and vellum, from the skin of 
calves. On these the Scriptures, as we now have 
them, were written and oopied, from time to time 
for centuries. And while we have undoubted evi- 
dences of the purity of the te x*, it is not assumed 
that in any case, the original text, or any part of 
it, has ever been found. The oldest parohments 
that have yet been found are in Greek and writ- 
ten in capital letters without any punctuation 
marks and are copies of perhepB the fourth cen- 
tury. There are two styles of mnnuscript, — The 
Uncials, written in all capitals, and the Cursives, 
written in running hand. The earliest cursive 
manuscript of the New Testament, now known, 
bears the date of A. D. 978. And in these two 
forms of manuscript the Soriptures were brought 
down to the year 1452, when the first Bible was 
printed from type. During all this time the Bi- 
ble was copied on parchment rolls and in parch- 
ment books. And while hundreds and even thou- 
sands of these have been found, as a whole or in 
parts, yet they were so burdened with errors, omis- 
sions and interpolations that it opened a large 
field for careful labor to get the true and original 
text. And this was the beginning of Biblical crit- 
icism. And to those who were thus willing to la- 
bor and sacrifice, we are indebted for what we 
now call the unadulterated Word of God. 

As instruments in the hBnds of God of divest- 
ing the original text from the errors, omissionB 
and interpolations of careless, indifferent and de- 
signing copyists, we name John Mills, Dr. Kichard 
Bentley, John Albert Bengel, John Jame6 Wet- 
stein and John Jacob Griesbach of the seven, 
teenth century, and Charles Lachmann, Oonstan- 
tine Tischendorf, 8. P. Tregelles and Westcott 
and Hort of the eighteenth century. To these 
men largely, under the blessing of Gcd, the world 
is indebted for what we now have. And before 
we become too bloated with our own wisdom it 
will be well for ns to stndy the work Bnd lives of 
such men, and then stand them up beside our own 
and ask ourselves a few questions. We are some- 
times made to feel that for some men ignorance is 
bliss. Bacanse, did they know just a little more 
than they now do, it would be revealed to them 
how very little they do know, and by knowing this 
they might be induced to study that they might 
learn. 

Christ came into the world that those who are 
blind might see, and that those who saw might be 
made blind. And he found, in the world, a multi- 
tude of these people, especially, of the latter. 
And of these, the number has never grown less. 
And there is no class of people in the world so 
hard to make see on those who are blind by self- 
wisdom. No one but the Christ can do it. And 
he must make them first blind that they may see. 



Not long sinoe we heard of a brother — a minister 
and elder — who said that he could not learn any 
more. What a remarkably strange man he I 
be I He is only one of ten thousand. Such men 
ought to tell ns how the Bible came down to ns, 
through whom, what language, and what kind of 
men they were. It is a good thing to feel that we 
know, and are sure we are right, but to shut up 
that right within onrselves, and evidence to those 
around and about ns that wo are boastful and 
proud, ia certainly very wrong. 

We have no respeot or love for what 1b popul 
ly termed the " higher Biblical criticisms," but is 
it not probable that many of ns are too easily Bat. 
isfied with present attainments ? We are disposed 
to take too much for granted, and therefore give 
too little time for carefui and prayerful stndy, 
There are some things we have a right to know. 
And among these things shonld be made promi- 
nent a clear and satisfactory knowledge of the 
spiritual rock upon which we are founding our 
hope of salvation and eternal life. This means a 
critical stndy of the book we call the Bible. And 
we want to know more than this. We want to 
know the author of the message it brings, by and 
through whom it was brought, and the character 
and possibilities of the human agencies through 
which it cams. We should not be over critical, 
but in a matter that concerns us above everything 
else, we onght to be enough concerned to bo able 
to give a reasonable reason for the hope that is 
within ns. 

Some years ago a report got afloat that there 
was a large fortune coming from Germany to the 
Metsgar — Brumbaugh families and soon we were 
flooded with letters of inquiry as to the authentic- 
ity of the report and the line of relationship back 
to the family from which the fortune wae to 
come. Those whom it concerned became wonder- 
fully in earnest about it and were willing to make 
large sacrifices that the whole trnth about it 
might be made known. The great desire wee to 
get back to the original and then be snre that the 
interested parties were in the line of promise. 
This was "family criticism," if you pleas". And 
on the part of some, more effort was made to de- 
termine the line of relationship th an thousands 
are to determine the genuineneae ; E the will in 
which salvation is promised ai. J heaven is 
bequeathed. 

We do not write thuB because we feel tbero is 
room for doubt tie to the authenticity of the Scrip- 
tures. But it seems to us that the tremendous 
importance of what they mean to ns ought to stir 
as np in this direction for our own satisfaction. 
Then, the knowing how the Scriptures oame to us 
will make tham all the more precious, and also 
make ub leas bigoted against others. We must not 
smite the hands that bring to us our greatest 
blessings. 

We, of all people in the world, onght to be the 
most conscientious, thorough and earnest search- 
ers after the Trnth. We ought to be Bible critios 
in the highest and best sense of the word. We 
onght not to be satisfied with the stream of bless- 
ings as it brings them to ns, but we ought, for 
onrselves, to explore it back to its souroe and thus 
bo snre from whence it oornes. The stream from 
Abraham to Christ was no uncertain one, neither 
did it come through the seed of the bondwoman, 
but through Isaac and his seed. How has it come 
from Christ and his witnesses to us? Was it not 
through his ohurch— his people? Who knows? 
This is what Bible criticism has been trying to 
learn. Is it right? Ib it wrong? Who knows? 

H B. B 



Notes from Our Correspondents. 



Elk Ban, Va. — We oommenoed a series of meet- 
ings Sunday night after onr Communion meeting, 
Nov. 10, with Bro. S. A. Sanger, of Mill Creek, 
Vs., at our service. Four were baptized Sunday, 
the 24th. The meetings closed Sunday night with 
good impressions.— D. C. Zigler, Stover, Va,, 
Nov. 21. 

Linville Creek Congregation, Va.— Several series of 
meetings have recently been held in this congre- 
gation by the home brethren. Oct. 24 Bro. D. 
H. Zigler commenced a series of meetings in Dale 
Hill echoolhouse, West Virginia, one of the mis- 
sionary posts of the above oongregation, which 
lasted nine days. Five were received into the 
churoh. Another meeting was held in New Mark- 
et by Bro. J. P. Zigler, beginning Nov. 18 and 
closing Nov. 28 Here one accepted the Truth, 
and we think good impressions were made upon 
others. — J. Sam Roller, New Market, Va. 

Wabssh, lad. — We closed onr Sunday school 
Sept. 29 for the winter. We had a good school 
and good attendance. The surplus in the treasury 
was given to the Orphans' Home at Mexico, Ind. 
Oct. 13 we held a love feast. It was a feast in- 
deed. A goodly number of members from other 
districts were with us. Bro. Jacob Fisher, of 
Mexico, Ind,, officiated. The morning of the 14th 
we met in morning worship, which was followed 
by eome interesting talks by the ministering 
brethren, Dec. 1 we met in church-council. 
Considerable business came before the meeting 
and was disposed of in a spirit of love. Bro. J. 
Lair, of Mexico, Ind., is expected to be with ns 
this evening, Dec 8, to begin a series of meetings. 
The progress of the meetings will be reported 
later.— Clara R. Livengaod. 

Pleasant Hill, 111.— The series of meetings that 
bagun here Nov. 9, with a love feast and conduct- 
ed by Bro. I. Bennett Tront, closed yesterday 
evening with a wellfiiled house and interest 
excellent. Twenty-nine were received by bap- 
tism during the meetings and others are near the 
kingdom. The success attending the efforts to 
more fully establish primitive Christianity here 
amongst ns is noted with gratitude. The con- 
verts are nearly all just coming to the age of 
manhood and womanhood and, remaining faith- 
ful, will have a molding influence in shaping 
fnture work of our blessed Zion. The meetings 
throughout were characterized by a commendable 
zeal, and the tendency of the sermons was to 
awaken in all an interest in the work of the 
chnrch. Revival seasons are needed and when 
they come are enjoyed. — James Wirt, Virden, 
III , Dec. 10. 

Campbell, Bleb.. — Our series of meetings, held 
in the east house of the Thornapple congregation, 
Michigan, closed last night. Bro. Hiram Forney, 
of Milford, Ind, has been laboring for us and 
faithfully held forth the Word of Life for three 
weeks, night after night, and also held some day 
meetings. We feel that the Truth has been clear- 
ly and forcibly presented. One dear young sis- 
ter was baptizad on Thanksgiving Day and two 
that had left the ohurch and made their home 
elsewhere, have given their promise to return 
in tho near future. The ohurch has decided to 
meet one evening each week dnring the winter 
at the east house to engage in the study of the 
Bible, and have also appointed an evening to 
meet, to see if we cannot organize a Bible class 
at our west house. Onr dear elder, Isaac Rairigh, 
is away at present, engaged in a series of meet- 
ings with the Saginaw chnrch, Michigan.— Peter 
B. Messner, Dec. 10. 



January 1, 1895. 



:\HK GOSPEL MESSS 



11 



Spring Creek Cnnrch, Pa. —Deo. 8 Bro. John Wit 
mer, of Union Deposit, commenced a series of 
meetings at the Oonewago bouse. Meetings were 
not well attended on account of much rain. — W. 
P. Yeiter, Bachmanville, Pa. 

La Place, 111.— Oar quarterly council-meeting 
occurred Dae. 6. Two letters of membership 
were granted. Our Sunday school is in a pros- 
perous condition. We expect to keep it up 
through the winter. Bro. John MoOlure is con- 
ducting a singing class in our church with good, 
success.— E F. Wolje, Deo. 10. 

Bait, lad.— Dec 8 our quarterly council was held 
at the Whitewater bouse. Considerable business 
oame before the meeting and was disposed of 
in a Christian-like manner. Bro J. W. Rarick 
has reanmed his labors at Cottage Grove and 
is ably defending the cause of ihe Master. The 
interest is growing. — E. M. Cobb, Dec, 10. 

nerced, Oal. — Our first feast held at Merced, 
Cal., took place Nov. 24 at the dwelling of Bro. 
Wm. Eikenberry. The spectators were very at- 
tentive, though few, for want of room. The ex. 
pr6saion of the audience gave evidence of lasting 
impressions on their minds. A Cumberland 
Presbyterian minister was present and asked 
many questions after the exaroises without effa: 
ing any objections.— A Julius, Dec 6. 

Cottonwood, Okla, — Bro. G. W. Landis came to 
us from the Mt. Hops church, Logan Co , Okia,, 
Nov. 29 He delivered two sermons prior to the 
love feast. Oar feast was held on the evening 
of Dec. 1, with twenty members seated around 
the Lord's table. Bro. G. W. Landis c filiated. 
There were no brethren present from a distance 
except one bioiher from Conway Springs, Kans., 
and some brethren from Mt. Hope ohurch. Al- 
though we were but few in number we er. joyed 
a feast of love. We also had a social meeting 
Dec. 2 at 10 o'clock A. M —Susie Uilhim. Dec. 8 

Lower Blaml Cbnrcb, Obio. — Dae, 9 Bro. Emmanuel 
Shank, of Jonesvil.le, Ohio, gave na an interest- 
ing sermon on " What lack I yet?" Matt. 19:20. 
Dec. 2 Bro. Daniel Bock, of Indiana, gave ns 
an instructive discourse. The next day he bap- 
t'z jd one applicant. In the interval between this 
and our last writing ocourred our Communion, 
which was well attended. Preceding the love 
feast was a two weeks' meeting, ably condnoted 
by Bro. A. G. Orosewhite, of Gratis, Ohio, whioh 
resulted in twelve finding the fold of God. Our 
quarterly council, which was to have been held 
Dec. 6, hes been deferred until Dec. 19. This 
iB the first winter that this churoh has had an 
evergreen Sunday school. So far it has proceed- 
ed very enoouragingly— J. O. Gar si, WhHfield, 
Ohio, Dec. 9. 

Upper Twin, Ohio.— The Bible School conducted 
by Bro. E. S. Young, of Mt. Morris, closed Nov. 
30. The enrollment and attendance were very 
encouraging. The interest was intense, and the 
good done during these days of consecration will 
only be known in eternity. Bible study of thiB 
kind was new to this community, but was just 
what we needed. Bro. David Hollinger assisted 
some in the work. The singing was led by Bro. 
J. Henry Bhowalter; this proved very inspiring. 
The town people said it beat their choir singing. 
Trained congregational singing is the only means 
to keep organs out of onr churches, so let us 
have more singing. Why not make these Bible 
Schools permanent, once each year in each State 
District? Since the last report, five have baen 
added to the church through the efforts of the 
home ministry. At this writing Bro. Oross- 



Fairview Chorcb, Iowa.— At our Thanksgiving meet- 
ing two were received into the church by letter, 
Bro. Abram Wo'f of Jeffarson County, Iowa, will 
commenoa maeliug Dae. 17 and continued over 
Christmas. Oar love feast will be held Christmas 
eve — W. H Liavell, Dec. 7. 

Howard Church, Ind.— Joseph Holder came to us 
Nov. 17 and preached in all sixteen sermons. He 
preached the Word with power. He is a strong 
advocate of the decline of the Brethiea. Three 
precious soula weio baptize! and others seem 
very near the kingdom— Petir Honk. 

Boyersfard, Pa.— We have jast closed a series of 
meetings at Mingo, conducted by Bro. G. N. 
Falkensteiu, of Germantown, Pa , who came to na 
Nov. 19 and continued with us uutil the 30tb, 
preaching in all fourteen able Gospel sermons. 
There have baen no conversions, but some are al- 
most-persuaded.— J. 0. Kopenhaver, Dec 3 

Elk Hon Congregation, Va.— After having preaching 
here once a month for about eighteen months I 
have been much encouraged Two months ago I 
was requested to bapt'zi a slater here, but her 
husband obj ;cted. At his request she deferred it 
for another month, saying that he would come 
too; but this he did not c'o end she was baptized 
Nov. 4, and also a maid of about fourteen, of a 
brother's family who lives near; and now another 
more aged sister of same family requested baptism 
yesterday, but finding her Biok I only paid the vis- 
it to her for tha future work. These have been 
trained in an Episcopal Sanday school, I suppose, 
nearly all of their lives. — D C. Zigler, Slevir, 
Va.,Dec. 3' 

Lost Creek Congregation, Pa.— Tuesday, Nov. 20 
Bro. Joseph Long, from York, Pa , came to the 
Free Spring maatiaghoase, in this congregation! 
and commencad a aeries of meetings and con- 
tinued uaiil Sanday, Dae 2 When ha oame he 
said ha had a maaaa?* from God to deliver to uaj 
and he faithfully delivered the message in the 
Bhapa of seventeen sonl-oheering sermons. Fif- 
taen (ten brethren and five siatare, ranging in age 
from fifteen to seventy years) were made willing 
to coma out on the Lord's side, and were buried 
with him in baptism. One was reclaimed and 
there are two applicants for admission in the near 
future. Tha ohurch feels much encouraged. 
Bro. Michael Olaar, from Blair County, Pa., is now 
ably holding forth the Word in aprotraoted effort 
in the Goodville meetinghousa, in this congrega- 
tion.— 0. 0. Winey, East Salem, Pa., Dec. 10. 

Highland Church, Ohio.— Oct. 13 we met at our 
houBe of worship to hold our annual love feast. 
There were many visiting communicants with ns, 
which is very encouraging to ns as an isolated 
church. We had elder D. D Wine, of the Cov- 
ington ohnrch, W. Q Calvert, of the May Hill 
ohuroh and Bro, Sutty, of Brush Oreek, Breth- 
ren Wine and Calvert efficiated. We had a very 
large attendance and very good order. We felt 
that the spirit of the Lord was amongst ns. Oct. 
31 brethren Jacob Garber and Jonas Horning 
visited ns. They gave us excellent sermons. 
While with ns they conducted an election of two 
deacons. Brethren J. G. MoOlure and David 
Dodds, Sr., were unanimously ohoaen. Bro. and 

iter MoOlure were installed the day they were 
ohosen. Bro. Dodds not baing present, will be 
installed later. Bro. Qainter Oal vert, of May 
Hill, came to us and remained one week. He 
gave us while with us ten able sermons. The 
weather during his stay was very inclement, 
which kept a good many weak Christians away, 



Philadelphia, Pa.— Five have been received into 
the church by baptism since our last report. 
Others are near the kingdom. May they be en- 
abled soon to deoide for the Master! The church 
decided to have Bro. I. N. H. Baahm hold a series 
of meetings for us sometime this winter. Our 
Thanksgiving effaring amounted to one hundred 
dollars for the Washington, D. 0-, meetinghouse. 
There ought to be a glad response from all parts 
of the Brotherhood to help the work in our capi- 
tal city.— T. T. Myers, Dec 11. 

Sontn English, Iowa.— Oar quarterly council, held 
Nov. 24, passed off very pleasantly. Elders A. 
Wolf» and John Gable were with us. Con- 
siderable basinesscame before the meeting, which 
was disposed of in a spirit of leva. The church 
decided to hold a choice for minister, and to 
forward Bro. Peter Browar to the second degree 
of the ministry. The lot fell on Bro, H. 0. N. 
Coffman. The Brethren were installed in their 
respective cilices. May the Lord bless their 
efforts in the saving of sonln I— .B L Niswander. 

Bolelonrt, Va.— It is onr pleasure to report a auo- 
ceaafnl meeting of two weeks, held in the meet- 
inghouse at Oloverdale, the houso being entirely 
filled eaoh evening, and with faithful attendance, 
ardent work and co-oparation of ministers, dea- 
cons and lay-members of our home congregation, 
closed on Friday evening with forty confessions, 
and on the following day thirty were baptized 
in sixty-three minutes. Others will be initia- 
ted in the near future. It has awakened a deep 
concern in the surrounding country, for which 
we thank God and take courage. — B. F. Moomaw. 

Rolichp, Deb;'.— Onr regular appointment to-day 
was at Ilokeby, Nebr., where we also have a good 
Sunday school. Last Sunday the Word was held 
forth at Jamaica, three miles east of Ilokeby. 
Our series of meetings, oondnctad by Bro. O. S. 
Holainger, of Belleville, Kans., began Nov. 2 and 
closed Nov. 18, with good icterest. The house 
was well filled each night, ' with the exception 
of one or two nights whioh were cold and stormy. 
We had a very enjoyable feast at the close of 
the meetings. Bro. Holsinger and Bio. Nels. 
Nelson, a Danish brother, were the only minis- 
ters present exoept the home ministry. Bro. 
Jacob Iiyan, father of our foreign missionary, 
was present during our meetings and preached 
one night, very acceptably to all. — D. 67. Couser, 
Dec. 9. 

Over Hill, W. Va.— I started to Doddridge County, 
Weet Virginia, to Bro. Milton Czigans' congre- 
gation. I stopped at Toll Gate, Ritchie County, 
at Bro. Martin Cochrin's, aame night and preached 
for them in the schoolhouBe in town. Next day I 
was takeu by Bro. Milton Czigan eighteen miles 
out to his place and began meetings the same 
night in the Seventh Day Baptist meetinghouse 
and continued till the night of the 20th, with good 
congregations and good attention to the Word 
proaohed. On the evening of the 15th the Com- 
munion was held, which was enjoyed by all pres- 
ent. On the 17th the church met in oounoil and 
held an election for two deacons. Bro. Isaac 
Cr.igan and Bro. Henry Spurgeon were ohosen 
and installed. Two made application to be re- 
ceived into the church. One was baptized and 
the other waa to ba baptized the next Saturday by 
Bro. Czigan. Bro. Z. Annon was to begin a meet- 
ing on the 24th in onr home congregation, but on 
acoount of whooping cough in the neighborhood 
the church notified him not to come at that time, 
but jnst as soon as the people get able to attend 
meetings we expect Bro. Annon to hold our meet- 



bat those that hungered for the Gospel attended 
white's child is critioally sick, and°he is hindered I in spite of the bad weather. Praise the Lord for I ings. If God permits, Deo. 8 I will begin a meet- 
from church work.— H. M. Barwick, West Alex- 1 such zaalous and energetic Christians.— Wm. M. I ing at Nuzum'a Mills, Marion Co.— David J. MiU 
andria, Ohio. I Kilty, Highland, Ohio, Dec. 9. I ler, Nov. 26. 



THE. GOSPEL MICSSENOISIJ. 



January 1, 1895, 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



" Write what thon «eat. sad lend it unto t 



I Department, II Ton have had I 



BJ-Chnrch Hcsn 
j;rf meettoE, sead a report 01 II, to mai oiue.. „„»,.,.,.. -..- .... 
iz writlne give name ol chnrco. Conr,-? and State. Bebriel. Notes o! 
Travel should be as short as possible. Land Adss 
ilclted Tor thin Departme: 



We have an advertisip* i 



Mission Work in Middle Indiana- 

Friday, Nov. 23, 1 left home to fill the appoint- 
ments in the Kniman mission field. The mem- 
bers there thought it necessary to call a oonnoil 
meeting on Saturday, the 24th. We also thought 
it proper to call to our aid Bro. E. M. Grossnick- 
le, of North Manchester. We were met at Konts 
by our aged Bro. Beechler and taken to his home 
and he accompanied us to the place of meeting on 
Friday evening. According to previous arrange- 
ments there were two appointments in tt e North- 
ern District of Indiana; at these places of meet- 
ing the attendance was not very large, bnt the 
order and attention were very good. The council 
meeting was held at our aged Bro. Mow's. The 
meetings at Kniman Sunday at 11 A. M. and in 
the evening were well attended and the order and 
interest manifested wera all we need desire. On 
Monday evening we filled the appointment at the 
Sandy Eidge school house where again we had 
very good attention, arriving home on Tuesday. 

Sinoe our last writing to the Mebbenqeb, eight 
more have made the gcod confession and come 
out on the Lord's side. Eld. D. P. Shively will 
begin a series of meetings at Kniman Sunday, 
Dec. 23. May God's blessings accompany his 
labors that others may be added to the fold. We 
think the outlook in the Kniman mission field is 
very good and with care it may in the future be- 
come a prosperous church; but to make it a euc- 
oess the work should not cease. Neh. 6: 3. 

W. S. Toney. 

Walton, Cats Co , Xnd. 



From California 



Fbiday, Nov. 23, in company with Bro. E. Eby 
end others, we Btnrted from Lordsburg for San 
Jaointo, to attend a love feast and hold a series of 
meetings. After traveling overland all day and 
part of the evening, a dietanca of about seventy 
miles, we arrived at the home of Bro. Isaac Gib- 
ble, pretty well tired out. The Egan Valley, in 
whioh Bro. Gibble livea, is thinly settled on ac- 
count of the land being owned by large landhold- 
ers who hold it at high prices. Bnt Bro. Gibble 
holds his land at reasonable prices, and has suc- 
ceeded in locating some members near him and 
near the ohurch whioh he built. These, together 
with the members from a distance, formed a con- 
gregation of about fifty members during the feast. 

While there, Bro. Eby took up the remains 
of his daughter, who died in Ban Jacinto about 
nine years ago, and had them reinterred in the 
Brethren's cemetery by the church. As we atood 
by and looked upon the fragments of a once living 
form, the question came to us, "Lord God! can 
these bones live?" The answer came quick, he 
that could cause the prophet to see bone come to 
bone, and cover them with flesh and skin, and 
give life again can also bring back the spirit of 
this daughter, as well as of all the departed saints, 
and clothe them with an immortal body in human 
form, with recognized identity. That God will 
do this is as certain as the resurreotion of life in 
the grain of corn when it is planted in its season. 

We continued the meetings after the feast sev- 
eral weeks. The church seemed much edified and 
we think has a promising future. The daughter 
of Eld. Prather united with the chnrch during the 
meetings. J. S. Mohleb 



Items from Washington, D. C. 

We are doing the best we can under present 
circumstances, patiently waiting for the time 
when we shall have a churchhouse to worship in. 
If the Brotherhood could understand our great 
need of one, we certainly would not have to wait 
much longer. Several have been reoeived by let- 
ter since the organization. 

At our Thanksgiving meeting a free-will offer- 
ing was taken up for the Western sufferers and 
India Mission. One poor family gave ninety- 
three cents in pennies and nickels, saved for their 
children's Christmas. This is certainly very com- 
mendable. How many will do that? 

Old sister Merrill was buried to-day, Dec. 10. 
She had lived in the city twelve years with a 
daughter and £01*. She had lost all trace of the 
Brethren, but continued strong in the faith, her 
heart yearning for her churoh. Bro. Lyon heard 
of her through a friend of the family and went to 
see her. She requested a love feast and to be 
anointed, which was attended to at once by onr 
elder, E W. Stoner, of Maryland. 

We have organized a Sisters' Aid Society, the 
object of which is to help relieve the poor and 
needy, and provide poor ohildren with comforta- 
ble clothing. The writer was chosen Secretary 
and Treasurer, and all contributions will be thank- 
fully received by the society. Emma Watson. 

315 Ninth St., S. B., 

Washington, D. C, Dec 10. 



The Colored Churches of Southern Ohio. 

These are two of these, — one at Oircleville and 
lb j other at Frankfort, with branches at Wash- 
ington 0. H. and JefEersonville, with a member- 
ship of about twenty-five and two ministers in the 
Oircleville church. These churches are the fruits 
of the labors of Bro. Samuel Weir (colored), who 
was baptized by Eld. Peter Nead about fifty years 
ago. Bro. L. West has labored for their edifica- 
tion for some years. Their minister, Bro. Oarter, 
of Frankfort, having died in September, Bro. 
Jonas Horning and myself were sent to assist 
them to call some one to the ministry. The coun- 
cil was held Dec. 7, 1894, and Bro. Wiley Dolby, 
of JefEersonville, was unanimously chosen to the 
ministry. He has been a minister for the Bap- 
tists and seems zealous in the work of the ohurch. 
He was installed with much solemnity. We held 
two evening meetings with them v. ith manifest 
interest. 

On the 8th I came to Gunnersville, Green Co., 
and held three meetings in a schoolhouse with 
large congregations. Bro. Horning having con- 
tracted a severe cold, did not proceed to his 
appointments in Ross County, but returned 
home. 

Eleven have been baptized in Wolf Creek 
church since our May report. A pleasant churoh 
council was held Dae. 7. Eld. Jacob Garber, 
who was delicate in health in the fall, is well 
again and presided. Jno. Calvin Bbight. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. Dec. 10. 



When we look at the growing need, all over 
our land, in the oonntry, towns, and cities, for 
more efficient Christian workers, in the minis- 
try, Sunday schools, Bible classes and prayer 
meetings, we feel that something must be done; 
and we are determined to do onr part toward 
it in offering some possibilities. While the work 
will have special reference to ministers and 
teacherB, it will be, by no means, confined to 
them, Indeed we cannot think of a single 
church member whose heart is filled with the 
love of Jesus and a desire to save souls, who 
would not be greatly benefited in attending this 
Bible Term. Therefore all are invited to come, 
old and young, ministers, officials and laymem- 
bere, brethren and sisters. Come, and study 
with ns the Word, which is the power of God un- 
to salvation. 

The course of study will be similar to that of 
former years. Old and New Testament History, 
Life of Christ, Introduction of Christianity, Exe- 
gesis, Elocution, HomileticB, Mnsic, etc. Onr 
object will be to make this term helpful to all 
Christian workers and Christian lives. Will 
you come and spend one-twelfth part of the year 
1895 in trying to make yourselves more efficient 
helpers and workers for the Christ who gave 
his whole life that you and the world might 
be saved? It may require some sacrifice on your 
part now, but it will be great gain in the end. 
No minister, teacher or worker can afford to try 
to work for the Lord without making all possible 
preparation. To be unskilled in the Word is 
very wrong when the possibilities are afforded. 
" Study to show thyself approved." 

We would like to see all of our churches with- 
in a reasonable distance represented. Those at 
a distance can save considerable car fare by get- 
ting a club ticket. Wherever ten or more can 
start from one station, at the same time, a olub 
ticket can be had. The Term is advertised to 
open on Jan. 28, but the class will not organize 
until Tuesday morning, the 29th, so that all with- 
in a reasonable distance can get here in time 
by leaving home on Monday morning. We ad- 
vise all that oau do so, to come at the beginning 
and remain to the close. But if you cannot do 
this, come when you can. 

We expect to have able brethren with ns, and 
will have evening services during the evenings, 
such as will interest and entertain. We especially 
invite our aged and experienced brethren to be 
with us. 

The expenses will be the same as former years, — 
S3 00 per week or sixty oents per day. As soon 
as possible, let m know when yon are coming and 
how many you will bring with yon so that we can 
arrange to give comfortable entertainment for all 
that may come. The above prices include good 
boarding, steatr-heated rooms, comfortable bedi 
and all necessary expenses. No tuition will be 
H. B. BbdmbaduH. 



Field Notes. 



Bible Term 1895, Huntingdon, Fa. 

The annual Bible Term, at this place, for 1895, 
will open January 28 and continue four weeks. 
We make this public announcement because we 
want all who are interested in the greatest of all 
studieB, the Bible, to feel that they are invited 
to come and be with us during that time. As far 
as the profit and the labor of teaching and con- 
ducting it is concerned, it means sacrifice on the 
part of those who will have it in charge. But as 
the object is to benefit those who are interested 
in the Master's work, we are willing that the sac- 
rifice shall be made. 



Since onr last report we visited the Crab 
Orchard church, — Baleigh Co., W. Va., and spent 
ten days with them and held fifteen meetings. 
During this time we enjoyed their love feast. 
The churoh here has no resident minister bnt is 
under the care of Fayette County brethren. Bro. 
A. B. Demean wars with ns during the meetings. 
Some united with the chnrch and among them 
were three Baptists. This church is awake to 
her work and we hope the time will soon come 
when she can have a resident minister. 

Nov. 22 we went to White Book chureh and 
held seven meetings with two additions to the 
churoh. 



January 1, 1895. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



13 



Deo. 1 we went to the Smith Kiver church, 
Patriok Co., Va , and held two meetings with one 
addition. This chnrch seems greatly revived 
over their recent series of meetings. 

Dec. 4 we began a teries of meetings at Black 
Water Ohapel, Franklin Co, Va. ( at which place 
we now are. This section is very much mixed 
religiously, but so far we have fair congregations 
and hope to have a successful meeting. We ex- 
pect to condnot a children's meeting to-morrow, 
Dec. 8. ^ 0. D. Hylton. 

The Kansas Home. 

Many brethren and Bisters are anxious to know 
how the Home is prospering. I am glad I can 
say that the Lord has blessed us at the Home far 
above that which we had anticipated in the be- 
ginning. We have an abundance stored away in 
the cellar for the temporal wants of the old people 
thij winter, mostly the product of the Homo 
farm. 

Our family at the Home at present consists of 
eight members, including Superintendent and 
wife, and assistant in housework. 

We hope yon shall hear from the Home more 
frequently after this. Since we are here we have 
been very busy improving the farm and pnttiDg 
np buildings. All the buildings, trees, etc, 
have been put on the place sinoa the Home start- 
ed. This summer we put out many trees and this 
fall we built a good barn and a great deal of fence, 
which makes it quite convenient and homelike. 

The sisters have been very kind in supplying 
bedding. With the exception of blankets and 
pillows, we have plenty for the present. Please 
don't take too much for granted when wo say 
plenty. I will mention some of the things that 
would be very acceptable, if there are still some 
that want to help the needy: Carpets, blankets, 
pillows, table cloths (colored or white). If any 
one feels to Bend shirting, socks, or flannels, some- 
thing in this line will be gladly aocept6d. We 
don't mean to beg, but generally people like to 
give what is needed most, and perhaps some 
could give some of these articles with much less 
work than quilte and comforts. 

But all will be blessed that have sent so many 
bnndles of good bedding and carpets. All will be 
recorded in Heaven and a reward will be given 
for the same. Even a cup of cold water will not 
be forgotten. 

J. P. & Maby V. Harshbaroer. 

Rooih, Kans., Dec. 3. 



Western Sufferers' Fund. 

The following contributions for the Western 
sufferers were received during the month of No- 
vember: 

White Oak chnrch, Pa., $40.50; J. H. Nogle, 
Springfield, Mo., 20 cents; Green Springs, Ohio, 
SI; a brother and sisfer, Bellefoniaine, Ohio, 
$5; Spring Greek church and vicinity, Indiana, 
$33.80; Pine Greek church, Indiana, §17; Sossnna 
Clapper, Watson, Ohio, §16; West Branch church 
and vicinity, Illinois, $76; a sister, Earlington, 
Pa, $1; D. W. Booz, Mainland, Pa, SI; a broth- 
er, Fairfield, Washington, $2; Kuel Smith, 
Hamlin, Kans., $10; a sister, Gettysburg, Pa., 
$1; Miss Tille Gillispie, Gettysburg, Pa, 50 
cents; a Bister, Eugene, Ind., $1; Silver Creek 
church, Illinois, $6; Abilene churoh, Kansas, $14; 
H. 0. Tate and Mrs. Greenough, Bennington, 
Kans., $2; Abilene church, Kansas, $14.83; Isaac 
H. Henricks, Cerro Gordo, 111., $2; Otter Creek 
Union Sewing Sooiety, Girard, 111., $2 25; D. B. 
Wieandand family, Madisonburg, Ohio, $4; Adam 
Hilky, Overbrook, Kans., $15; a sister, West- 
field, Ind., $1; Elizabeth Greybill Talmage, Pa., 



50 cents; a sister, Indiana, $2; Amos Shallot- 
berger, Bex, Ohio, $1; J. B Wise, Watson, Ohio, 
$5; E. Watson, Old Fort, Ohio, $1; a pcor broth- 
er and sister, Mexioo, Ind, SI; Jacobs Harley, 
Harleysville, Pa., II; Sabetha church, Kans., 
$66 35; Pleasant Grove church, Kaua, $7.. 
45; Clover Creek chnrch Pa, $17; Jacob 
Mitohel and wife, Saline City, Ind., $3.50; Mound 
chnrch, Adrian, Mo., $31,70: Brethren and 
friends, Kamona, Kans, $14; A. P. Bowers, St. 
Joseph, 111, $o; Elmer Vaniman, McPherson, 
Kans., $18 06; Geo. Kline, Conrad Grove, Iowa, 
$25; Northern church of Philadelphia, Fa,, $3 55; 
S. M, Eby, Oenterview, Mo., $10; Mary Wigfield, 
Kenka, Fla, $1; a sister, Mogadore, Ohio, SI; 
a brother, Bioh Hill, Mo., $1; Thomas Oripe, 
Goshen, Ind , $3; Appanoose church, Kansas, $19.- 
25; Jacob Bntterbaugh, Lanark, 111., $5; Ozaw- 
kie church, Kansas, $13 25; Olathe church, Kans., 
$16; Samuel Louie and wife, Paris, III., $5; one 
car load of provisions, clothing, etc., contrib- 
uted by brethren and friends of Bowman's Dale, 
Pa., and vioinity. Also a number of boxes of cloth- 
ing from the Sisters' Banevolent Society, Cerro 
Gordo, 111, and the Otter Creek Union Sewing 
8oeitt7, Girard, 111, and from churches in Central 
and Eastern Kaunas. 

A. M. Dickey, Sec. and Treas. 
McPherson, Kant, Dec. 3. 



From Kearney, Md • 

Oub love feast of Nov. 10 and 11 was not as 
largely attended as formerly, on acoonnt of diph- 
theria in the neighborhood, bnt we had a very 
enjoyable meeting. Bro. Jonas Fike, of Egloo, 
Preston Oo , W. Va., officiated and preached us 
quite a soul-cheering sermon on Sunday morning. 

Bro. David Miller, of Upshur Couniy, West 
Virginia, is booked for a series of meetings at 
this place, to begin January 5, 1895 By re quest 
of a few isolated members living near Swanton, 
Md , we met with them and held three services. 
On Sunday we extended the invitation, when a 
young man of eighteen years decided to go with 
na. We announced baptism for the afternoon at 
2:30 o'clock, which created qaite a sensation 
throughout the neighborhood, as baptism by im- 
mersion was something that some of them had 
never witnessed before Some of those that 
were at services in the morning, made it a 
point to go and tell their friends, and until the 
time arrived quite a crowd had gathered on the 
banks by the stream. We were made to think if 
people would become as much interested about 
their soul's salvation as they sometimes do over 
eight, seeing, what a work could be done for Je- 
ans I I. O. Thompson. 

Dei 5 __^___ 

From Ashland, Ohio 

Eld Ibaiah Kairiqh, of Woodland, Mich., 
commenced a series of meetings ia the Ashland 
church, at the Dickey meetinghouse, Nov. 17. 
The meetings were continued over four Sundays, 
with the best of interest. Oar church is muoh 
revived. All of us realize more than ever before, 
that we should " work till Jesus comes " and live 
a devoted life to his service. Our community is 
certainly made better. Thirty souls came to their 
blessed Savior for refuge. Twenty-nine were 
baptized and one wanderer oame back to the fold. 
Of this number all but two or threo are regular 
attendants of our Sunday sohool. Twelve of the 
number are young ladies from sixteen to twenty- 
one years of age, and six are young men of 
about the same age. I thank the Lord that two 
are my oldest two children, one being about 
eleven years of age and the youngest one bap- 



tize!, the older being thirteen. Fifteen of the 
thirty are sisters, and fifteen are brethren. Onr 
membership worked for the salvation of souls as 
we never saw them work before. Our church is 
in love and peace. Our Sunday school is doing 
good work and we hope now to do still more and 
better work in that direction. W. F. England. 

The Denver Mission. 

On the evening of Feb. 14, 1892, a little band 
of God's faithful ohildren, nine in number, met 
at Bro. and sister Frank Shrove'e to have a 
prayer meeting. After apending an hour in 
praying, singing and reading of the Scripture 
and talking therefrom, the members present de- 
cided to meet onoe each week at the members' 
houses for prayer meetings, and by the request 
of the members, Bro. D. H. Weaver, of Long- 
mont, Colo., came and preached for the first time 
the Becond Sunday in March, 1892. in a school- 
house three and one-half miles sonthwest of the 
present place of meeting. Bro. Weaver contin- 
ued to preach for them the first and third Sun- 
day in eaoh month until the last of June, 1892. 
On account of the inconvenience of this plaoe of 
meeting for the members living in the city, they 
called a special connoil ( Bro. Weaver being pres- 
ent) to disouss the advisability of locating in a 
more central place for worship, and also to or- 
ganize, so that they might do more efficient mis- 
sion work. Accordingly it was decided to move 
the place of preaching to corner of West Colfax 
and Boulevard. Brethren G. W. Fesler (now 
deceased) and D. H. Weaver preached for them 
first and third Sundays of each month. 

In September, 1892, Bro. J. S. Mohler preached 
for them one week, One was baptized and one 
reclaimed. In February, 1893, by request, Bro. 
J. 8. Mohler came back and preached twenty- 
one sermons. Two were baptized and five re- 
claimed. Later one more was baptized. About 
the middle of April, 1893, the hall, including the 
greater part of the furniture, was destroyed by 
fire. This compelled them to change to present 
place of meeting, corner Bates and Fisk Avenue, 
Villa Park, which was done by order of the Mis- 
sion Board of Northwestern KanBas and North- 
ern Colorado. In the latter part of October, 
1893, Bro. 0. S Holsinger preached for two 
weeks and baptize! one end reclaimed cue, 
Since May 1, 1894, six have been baptized and 
there is one applicant for baptism . 

The Sunday school was organized the second 
Sunday in March, 1892, The average attendance 
for the first quarter was eleven. The member?, 
however, were not discouraged, but with the help 
of God they continued the work with untiring 
z jal until they reached an average attendance of 
eighty-five the past quarter. Last April, at the 
District Meeting held in the St Vrain ohurch, 
Colo., they made a request to the Mission Board 
of Northwestern KanBas and Northern Colorado 
to locate a minister in their midst to devote all 
of his time to the good of the cause. The Board 
have selected a brother, and he will move there 
about the middle of January, 1895. There are 
now in the mission forty members. Denver has 
a population of 125,000, with one meetinghouse 
of the Brethren. The members there are poor 
according to Matt. 5: 3. The majority are poor 
according to James 2: 5, but in the sense of the 
latter part of the verse they are rich. They must 
have help with the means of this world. The 
cause ia suffering just now for the want of a 
meetinghouse. People are saying if we had a 
meetinghouse where they could have a permanent 
home they wonld unite with us. 

Albion 0. Daqoett. 

Burr Oak, Kans. 



EL MEJ 



January 1, 



What Can I Do far the Master? 

This is a qnetticn tLat crght to ccme to every 
one of ns. There are m^ny ways in which we 
oan work for onr Master. While we can not all 
ba missionaries, we can be doing more than what 
we are doing. Nj* I have a plan for bnilding 
churches in ocr cities. Let every sister in the 
entire Brotherhood that has a way of making 
something for herBeif, send one dollar every New 
Year's Day to the Secretary of onr Mission B^ard 
for ths pnrpose of building c'anrchea ia the cities, 
the first to be built in Washington City. D^ar 
sisters, let us see what we eau do. We all know 
that it is more blessed to give than to receive. 
Sakah Kauffsian. 

Dc Graff, OMo. 



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HOLSINC.5R— LIZER— At the residence of the bride's 
Lrents, Nov. 2S, 1894, by the undersigned, Bro. DavlJ Hol- 
slnger and sister Susan Llzer, both of Mi. Morris, III. 

Simon E. Yundt. 

LOHR— BLOUGH-— By the undersigned, at his resl- 
nce, Die. 9, 1894, Br,>. Tobias Lohr and sister Ida M. 

Blough, both of Some set Ccunty, Pa E.J. Blougr. 

HONE— BARN HART.— By the undersigned, at his resi- 
nce, In Mansfield, 111., Nov. 4, 1894 Bro. George Hone and 

sister Bertha Barnhart. Msnko Stouffep. 

LAWER— MILLER —At the residence of the bride's 



ASHMORE— KNUP.— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, In Mansfield, 111 , D*c. 10, 1S94, by the undersigned, 
Bro. Ora Ashmore and sister Lydia Knup 

MbNNO ST0UFF2R. 

COBES— STREETMAKER.— At the residence of the 
bride's parents, Nov. 25, 1894. Jacob E. Cobes and Mary 
Streetmaker, both of Crawford County, Kans. 

Andrew Nkher. 

WESTERVELT— IRVEN. — At the bride's residence. 
Dec. 6, 1894, L. R. Weservelt, of Cherokee County, Kans., 
and Mrs. America Irven, of Laiette County, Kans. 

Andrew Nehhr. 

BITTNER— PILE.— At the residence of the undersigned, 
Da:. 2, 1894, Mr. Henry D. Blttner and Miss MelUsa Pile, 
both of Barronvale, Somerset Co, Pa. 

Isaiah C Johnson. 

WINCHELI F1TZ WATER.— At the residence of Eld 

L. W. Fltzwater, Nov. 29, 1894, Mr. John Winchell and Miss 
Lucy FItzwa'-.er, both of Bashan, Lincoln Co., Kans. 

Daniel W. Stoner. 

HATTAN — MUMPOWER.— At the residence of the 
b ide'^ parents, in Clackamas County, Oregon, Nov. 29, 1894, 
by the undersigned, Mr. John J. Hattan and Miss Mary E 
Mumpower, boih of Clackamas County, Oregon. 

Josiah A. Rover. 

CRIPE— FELIX.— At 466 Jackson Bouleva-d, Chicago, 
III, Nov. 29. 1894, Oliver F. Crip:, of Chicago, and Cora 
Felix, of Indiana. W. R. Miller 

PETERS — BRUBAKER.— By Eld. Noah Crumrlne, 
his residence, Dtc 3, 1894, Bro Daniel D. Peters, of Marshall 
County, Ind , and sister Lizzie Brubaker, of Wabash, Ind. 
C. R. Livengood. 

SHOCKEY— BARE.— At the residence of the under- 
signed, Shady Grove, Pa, Dec. 6, 1894, Mr Edward M 
Shockey and sis'er Susan E. Bare, all of Franklin County, 
Pa. Wm C. Koontz. 

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residence, Shady Grove, Pa., Dec. G, 1894, Mr. Josiah L 
Flory and sister Jennie E. Deardoiff. Wm C. Koontz. 

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undersigned, Waynesborough, Pa,, Nov. 22, 1894, Bro. An- 
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J. B. Ruthrauif. 

BETZ— CROWL.— At the residence of the undersigned, 
near Homeworth, Ohio, Mr. Alvin Belz and Miss Alice 
Crowl, both of Columbiana County, Ohio. Eli Stroup. 

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bride's parents, in Waterloo, Iowa, Nov. 22, 1894, by Eld. J. 
A. Murray, Bro. John G, Miller and sister Emma L. Gough- 
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Miss Oipha Flke, of Waterloo, Iowa. Lizzie A. Witter. 

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1894, by the undersigned, Mr. Daniel I. Shockey and sister 
Virile Moats. J. B. Ruthrauff. 



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bride's mother, Nov. 29, 1894, by Bro. J. M, Hanawalt, Ar- 
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lie J. Hanawalt, of Aredale, same County and State. 

W, H. Allen. 
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S. P. Miller. 
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David D. Sell. 
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Reese, of Fresburgh, Ohio, and Mrs. Elizabeth Amelia Mil- 
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ABSHIRE.— In Pine Creek church, Marshall Co., Ind., 
Oct. 27, 1894, sister Sarah, wife of Bro. Absalom Abshlre, de- 
ceased, 3ged 78 years, 10 months and 9 days. She was a 
faithful member of the Brethren church. Funeral services 
by the writer. Jacob Hilderbrand. 

NtSWANDER.— In the Barren Ridge church, Va, Nov. 
23, 1894. sister Esther E. Niswander. She had be ; n under 
the rod of affliction for two or three years. Last spring she 
was stricken with la grippe, which resulted in consumption, 
the Immediate cause of her death. She leaves an aged hus- 
band and eight grown children. She was Interred in Barren 
Ridge cemetery on Sunday, Nov. Sjf, Bro. David Klndlg, of 
the Mt Vernon congregation, and Eld. Samuel Driver, of 
Barren Ridge, officiating. Text, Psa. 116: 15. 

A. T. Fisher. 

CLICK. -In the Pleasant Valley congregation, Va., Nov. 
24 1894 sister Hannah Click, aged Jo years, 5 months and 3 
days. She was an lnval'd for a number of years, but left this 
world without a struggle. Funeral services by Bro. Henry 
Frantz, from 2 Tim. 4: 7, 8 D. M. Click. 

LONGANECKER— In the Georgt's Creek congregation, 
Greene Co., Pa , Nov. 6, 1894, sister Sophia Longanecker (arc 
Eoerhart) aged 82 years and 7 days. She was a member of 
the German Baptist Brethren church for about fifty-four 
years. She was married to Bro. Carlsttan Longanecker In 
1S39. She was the mother of seven children,— lour boys and 
three girls. Sister Sophia was not well for several days. A 
few days before her death she fell Into the fire, burning her 
hands, and her husband, In rescuing her from the fire, burned 
his hand badly. After the funeral discourse, which was de- 
livered by the writer, from the words, " That which thou 
sowest Is not quickened except ft die," she was Interred In the 
Mapletown cemetery, Greene Co , Pa. Alpheus DeBolt. 

P1PENGER.— In Pine Creek church, Marshall Co., Ind., 
Dec. 3, 1894, sister Ada Ellen, daughter of Bro. Emanuel 
Plpenger, aged 22 years and 27 days. She was a great suffer- 
er, btlng afflicted for six years and almost entirely helpless. 
She united with the Brethren church during her affliction. 
Later she was anointed. Nov. 10 there was a Communion 
held at her home for her special benefit. Funeral services by 
the writer. Jacob Hilderbrand. 

LEHMAN.— In the Prairie View church, Mo., Nov. 28, 
1S94, of heart disease, Bro. P. C. Lehman, aged 69 years, 2 
months and 13 days. He was born In Cambria County, Ps, 
and was the second son of Eld. Christian Lehmen. He was 
married to Elizabeth Wlngard Oct. 24, 1847. To this union 
were born three eo.-.s and seven daughters, all now married 
and members of the Brethren church. About four year* aft- 
er marriage he, with his wife, united with the Brethren 
church. In November, 1S69, with his family he removed to 
Morgan County, Mo , where he resided till death. Bro. Leh- 
man and wife were the first members of the Brethren church 
in Morgan County. Aug 1, 1874, a church, known as 
rean Creek church, but afterwards changed to Prairie View 
church, war, organized, and Bio. Lehman was chosen as 
con. On the last day of November our dear brother was 
to rest In the Prairie View cemetery. The funeral discourse 
was delivered by Eld. D. Bowman. Bertha Kring. 

BROWN.— In the Bolivar church, Polk Co., Mo , Nov. ;°> 
1894, Chester A , son of Bro. D. W. and sister Mary Brown, 
aged 3 yeate, 8 months and 5 days. Services by the writer In 
the Baptist church at Rondo. Geo. S. Wine. 



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ALBERT.— In the Pleasant Valley con- 
gregation, Elkhart Co., Ind , Dec. i, 1894, 
Glen O., son of friend Christian and sister 
Ella Albert, aged 7 months and 24 days. Fu- 
neral services by the writer, from 2 Kings 12: 



HARRIS.— In the Meadow Branch con- 
gregation, Grainger Co.,Tenn ,Nov. 14, 1891), 
of typhoid fever, Bro. J. F. Harris, aged 21 
years, 7 months and 23 days. He was sick 
eighteen days. Services conducted by the 
writer, from Rev. 13: 13 

John B. Murray. 

ISENBERG. — In the Meadow Branch 
church, Grainger Co., Tenn., Nov. 24, 1894, 
of malarial fever, Eld. David Isenberg, aged 
44 years and 27 days. By his death the 
church 1b deprived of a faithful minister, 
the wife of an aSectlonate husband, and the 
children of a kind father. Sermon by Bro. 
Jacob Wine. J. B. Murray. 

SPEICHER.-In the Quemahoning con- 
gregation, Somerset Co., Pa., Nov. 13, 1894, 
sister Susan, wife of Bro. Peter Spslcher, 
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last and dying words to her husband and 
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of mourning and should once more In ardent 
and fervent prayer commit her family to the 
care of Almighty God, Funeral services by 
the writer and Eld. E. J. Blough. 

S. P. Zimmerman. 

DILLING.— In the Monttcello church, 
Ind., Dec. 4, 1894, Amanda DUUng, aged 26 
years, 8 months and 4 days. She united 
with the Brethren church May 22, i88r, and 
has lived a consecrated life. Her last duty 
performed to complete her Christian work 
was to be anointed In the name of the Lord. 
Sister Amanda was a highly respected young 
sister and was loved by all who knew her. 
Funeral services by the writer, from Rev. 14: 
13 . J. A. Weaver. 

BUCK EN STAFF.— In the Cerro Gordo 
church, III., Dec. 9, 1894, sister Sarah B., 
wife of Bro. D. D. Bllckenstaff, aged 19 
years, 11 months and 15 days. Funeral serv- 
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8@~lN order to got the church nnwfi to our read- 
era early, and as much of it in this issue as possi- 
ble, we have foand it necessary to reduce a uumber 
of. reports, from our correspondents, to ghort edi- 
torial items. K&nce many of our correspondents 
will had the news sent us summed up in one or 
more of the items on the editorial pages. 



Bbo. J. M. Eeplogle writes that two more re- 
cently united with the churoh at Hexioo, Iud. 



The meeting in the Woodberry church, 111., 
conducted by Bro. Michael Fiory, closed with 
twenty additions by baptism, 

Bbo. S. 8. Beaveb closed a good meeting at 
Boaring Springe, Pa., Dao. 18, with nine acces- 
sions by baptism and one reclaimed. 

One oli our correspondents reports forty-four 
biptizsd and two reclaimed in the Pleasant Val- 
ley church, Va , during the year 1894. 



Bbo. H, M. Babwici, of West Alexandria, 
Ohio, spent the first week in the new year 
preashing for the Brethren 



Wbitins from Cloy Hill, Pa., Bro. W. A. An- 
thony says: " We have added three to the ohurch 
recently, and others are near th9 kingdom." 



Waiting from Topeka,, Kans., Bro. A. W. Van- 
iman says, four recently united with the churoh 
at that place, and others seem near the kingdom. 



The church at North' Mauohester, Ind., is 
among our most prosperous congregations. Dar- 
ing the \ ear 1891 it had about eighty accessions, 

Bro, D. W. Thomas, of the Sandy congrega- 
gltion, Columbiana County, Ohio, writes that the 
Mebsengeb goaa into every family in that ohurch. 

Bbo J. E Young, of Nabraska, is now with us 
to remaia some weeks. He preached an excellent 
sermon in the Ohapel the last Sunday evening of 
1891, 

Bbo, Jonas Fike, of Virginia, writes us that he 
is engaged in a series of meetings at South Fair- 
field, Mich. He was called there to assist in the 
dedication of the new house of worship. He 
preached the dedication sermon Deo. 28. 



Bro John Hart informs us that Bro. Michael 
Olaar, after preaching seventeen sermons at Good- 
ville, Fa., closed his series of meetings with five 
accessions. 

An excellent meeting in the Mohioan churoh, 
Ohio, dosed Dec, 17 with nineteen accessions. 
The members of that congregation feel very 
much encouraged. 

Bro. Jas M. Neff Bpent his vaoation in Ohio, 
He reports some good meetings, and especially 
a Beries of meetings at Covington, conducted by 
Bro. Isaac Franlz, with a number of additions. 



At their Thanksgiving meeting the Baaver 
Greek church Vs., raised S7 00 for the purpose of 
senliug the Messenger to the poor. That is one 
good way of preaching the Gospel to the poor. 

Bbo. Michael Flort is engaged in a series of 
meetings in the Deep liver Church, Iowa, so 
writes Bro. J. J. Brower, who says that their ev- 
ergreen Sunday school is in a flourishing condi 
tion. __„_ - 

Bro. E. 8. Yodng spent several days jast be- 
fore the olose of the year, conducting a Bible 
School in the South Waterloo church, Iowa. The 
attendance was unusnally large and the interest 
excellent. 

Whiting from Palestine, Ark., Bro. D. L. For- 
ney says sevan more united with the church Deo. 
18 He adds that others are near the kingdom 
and more laborers ara needed in that part of the 
Master's vineyard. 



Bbo. H. C. Early writeB that he is in the 
midst of an interesting series of meetings in 
York City, Pa. The meetings are to closa with 
a love feast. There were three confessions at 
the time of his writing. 

Bbo. J. K Milleb, of Nappanee, Ind., writes 
that the Union Center church heid a very en- 
joyable service on Christmas Day. A collection 
was taken up for the benefit of the Western 
sufferers and S28 19 was raised. 



Bbo. E. L. Bboweb held twelve meetings at 
Waynesboro, Va., and closed Dec. 11 with six 
additions. His next point was at Ida Grove, 
same County, where thirteen meetings were held, 
resulting in three accessions. 

Bro. Wm. Landis reports a good children's 
meeting at Cerro Gordo, 111., on Christmas Day. 
The children were well entertained by short 
talks and songs. A collection was taken up and 
$8 16 raised for the purpose cf building a meet- 
inghouse in Washington. Oar brother says the 
day was spent very pleasantly. 

Oonoebning the Welsh Ban church, Pa., Bro. 
Eliab Ziok says, Bro. 8. M. Stouffer commenced 
meeting Dao. 1, and preaohed until the evening 
of the 13 th. Two of the sermons were preached 
at the Welsh Bun church, and fourteen at the 
Olaylick ohurch. There were three meetings 
after he left. The result was twenty-four addi- 
tions and one applicant. 



Bbo J. G. Koyeb was with the Brethren at 
Mansfield, III, daring the Holidays. He reports 
well-attended meetings and a pleasant sojourn 
amorg tie memterf, 

A SERIES of meetings held in the south house 
of the Santa Fe church, Miami Co, Ind., con- 
ducted by Bro W. 8. Toney, had resulted in 
eleven applicants for baptism when last heard 
from. 

Bbo D. M. Milleb, of Milledgeville, 111., 
closed his meetings in Clayton Oonnty, Iowa, 
with five applicants for membership. He was 
c.l'ul there to do doctrinal preaching, and his 
work is well spoken of. 



A few days ago a mute brother was elected to 
the ministry by the Brethren at La Porte, Ind. 
He is to preach to the mutes, of which there are 
a number in that part of the State. Saveral of 
them belong to the church. 

Afteb preaching sixteen sermons, Bro. Dennis 
Weimer closed a series of meetings in the Mid- 
land church, Va , with five accessions. So writes 
Bro. E B. Shaver. He was assisted in the meet- 
ings by Bro. Andrew Chambers. 

Bbo. Hutchison's health is still poor. He 
thinks it would be good if he coald spend the re- 
mainder of tie winter in the South. He closed 
his meetings near West Milton, Ohio, with five 
accessions. He is now at East Dayton. 



Bbo. Amice was with the Brethren at Mexico, 
Ind., the last Sunday in '91, and preached for 
them in the evening. He found Bro. Samuel 
Murray not in the best of health. The old broth- 
er has been quite sick lately, but is now improv- 
ing. ^_ 



Bbo. J. B. Wolfe writes concerning an inter- 
esting saries of meetings recently held in the 
Osage charch, Kans., by Bro. Joseph Glick. 
Twenty-five diaooarsaa were delivered. Four 
made the good confession, and the members 
were greatly encouraged. 

Bro. I. D. Pabeeb writes that he has just 
closed a meeting in the Yellow Creek ohurch, 
Ind., with five accessions. He adds that Bro. 
Boose, of Wakarnsa, is conducting a meeting 
four miles south of the City of Elkhart, with 
good congregations and encouraging prospaots. 

Bbo Zimbi Garwood, of Ratledge, Minnesota, 
thinks of changing location and wonld like to 
sattle in that State where there are some Breth- 
ren. Some one acquainted with the looation of 
the Brethren in Minnesota, will please write Bro. 
Garwood, telling him where oar people may be 
found. 

Oub missionaries reached Bombay, India, Nov. 
24, and write that they are happy and in goo d 
health. The latter part of their voyage was very 
pleasant. They Beem to be hopeful concerning 
their great undertaking, and feel keenly the re- 
sponsirij I ity resting upon them. In this issue is 
an interesting letter by Bro. Stover, to be fol- 
lowed by many others. 



THE , GOSPEL M ESSENGBlg. 



January 8, 1896. 



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7 utiiaed. r^Uy eivid'ae th» Word cr Traill. 

HEART ECHOES. 



O PALK are your Hps, my love I 

And sad Is my heart, God knows, 
As I kneel to weep by your dreamless bed 

And watch o'er your calm repose. 

O, fairest of earth's fair onesl 

Must I give you up, my pet, 
With the dew of heaven upon your brow, 

And those dimples smiling yet? 

Through the coming years so dark 

How my heart shall yearn to greet 
The vision of a golden head 

And the sound of little feet. 
No more shall the prattling voice 

Ease the burden of the day ; 
No more those chubby arms at night 

Enfold me the while I pray. 
My beautiful one, sleep on 

Through earth's dreary night; nor wake 
Though my heart must watch until the morn 

And suffer and weep and break. 
Sleep on, my beloved, and rest. 

A mother shall vigil keep 
And think how blessed 'twould be to share 

That long, long, dreamless sleep! 
O, God! have I sinned perchance 

To merit this grave distress? 
In that I loved my child so well 

Have I loved Thy O.lld the less? 
Did I long, as I clasped my babe, 

That Time might stand still nor move 
My soul one atom toward that bound 

Which should sever me from his love? 
Hard questions! and yet my God! 

Thou tudgeat the hidden thought. 
Tnou knowest the love I gave my child, 

And the pain this change hath wrought 
And dear Lord ! is this the end 

Of my wa ting and my pain ? 
One heavenly glimpse of motherhood 

And a childless home again ! 
Amen! for my lamb Is safe 

In that land where the angels go. 
And If my sad voice could reach his ear 

Would I call him back? Ah no! 
Johmlcr.cn, Pa. _ 

BIBLE STUDY. 

BY WEALTHY A. BDBKHOLDEB 

A oasdal reading of the Bible ig one thing, and 
a careful study of it ia quite another. Some six 
years ago, while trying to fill the position of ma- 
tron at the Huntingdon school, I occasionally 
went into the Bible class then taught by Bro. 
Swigart. ThiB claia met early in the morning, 
and to be there, I wai obliged to leave work un- 
done, and yet I was surprised at the interest that 
was awakened in my mind with so little time for 
preparation, and I then hoped that at some tii 
I could resume Bible study when I conld have 
my mind more concentrated. 

Now, since the Bible Terms are held every win- 
ter in onr schools, all who can possioly attend, 
should do so. But perhaps some may not feel 
sufficiently interested in the Bible to sacrifice a 
few dollars and a little time. If such is the ( 
go and join the class, and get interested. Yon 
will soon see beauty in the study that will sur- 
prise you. It is oven so. We want to get inter- 
ested in any work we undertake, and never is 
this truer than in onr religions work. It is of 
momentous importance. There is no better way 
to get this interest than by studying the Bible. 
If it is a dnll book it is onr own fault. We 



should dig deep for the precious jewels therein 
contained. Men are willing to expose themselves 
to danger in searching and digging for gold and 
silver, because of their value, and the same zeal 
should be exorcised in digging for gems of truth 
from God's Word. It deserves more than a su- 
perficial notice. " Search the Scriptures " is the 
Divine command, and implies careful study, and 
one not to be neglected. It is not only onr min- 
isters who need the Bible study, bnt every mem- 
ber of the church, — the young as well as the old. 
A knowledge of the truths of the Bible is needed 
by every one. 

The Bible Terms connected with our schools 
are a grand auxiliary, and I trust will be appre- 
ciated by those for whom they have been pre- 
pared. Where could we spend a month and a 
few dollars to greater profit? Apart from the 

gular olass work, the doctrinal sermons and lec- 
tures and the Christian associations are great 
helps to those who have a desire to " grow in 
grace" and be better informed. Who that has 
the good of the church at heart wonld not desire 
to be there? We think none. But all cannot 
go, r,nd those who cannot, can pray for the suc- 
cess of the work, that great good may be accom- 
plished. 

At onr recent interesting Ministerial Meeting 
at Huatsdsle, those who have attended at Hunt- 
ingdon, spoke o£ the great advantages of being 
there, Bnd urged the ministers and others to at- 
tend, and therefore a good attendanca should be 
expected from onr District. There are many sac- 
rifices that could be made to profit, and the 
ns thus saved be used to attend the Bible 
22. Wa hnpe ail who can will attend this 
winter and tuna prepare for greater usefulness, 
for workers are needed on every hand. There is 
muoh to b^ don^, and willing workers are wanted. 

Niwburgh, Pa. 



THE EIVE LINES. 



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Delivered by C/ws. M. Tcaroul, ia the Wade Brand, 

Church, Ktrns., Oct. 23, iScif, — A. M. Sharf. 

"A certain man had two sons: and the younger of them 

said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that 

falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living." 

"There are five linrs repr>3<-ntrd in the Gos- 
pel. The first, second and fourth all intelligent, 
accountable beings must cross. The third all 
may cross. But all that refuse to cross the third 
must cross the fifth. 

The first line ia that of being, cGming into 
physical existence according to tho organic laws 
of generation. 

The second is the line of accountability, snd all 
accountable beings must cross this line, and be- 
come accountable to God for their aots and con- 
duct. 




Ton observe from birth to accountability is a 
state of innocency, and all that are embraced in 
this state belong to the family of God, and are in 
a saved condition ; they are suoh by virtue of the 
atonement made by Christ. They are representa- 
tives of the kingdom of heaven. Jeans said, 
" Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to 
come nnto me: for of such is the kingdom of heav- 
en." Matt. 19: 14; Luke 18: 16. "Verily I say 
unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as 
little children, ye shall not enter into the king, 
dom of heaven." Matt, 18: 3. Nothing that men 
can do can add to their purity, or make them 



more acceptable with God. They need no re- 
pentance or baptism. These are means to bring 
the sinner into favor with God ; but the children 
of God need no baptism. The sinner is to be- 
come as a little child in trust, confidence and hn. 
rnility. The little child will follow its father and 
mother through floods and flames. When the 
prodigal or younger son came to the years of ac- 
countability he, like thousands of others, wanted 
to get away from father's house ; he thought there 
was more pleasure in the world, the barren fields 
of sin, than in father's homo, so he made ohoice of 
the broad way, that broad, beaten track that 
worldlings love so well. He spent hie innocency 
(for that was all he had to spend) in grasping 
after the vain pleasures of earth, " and he began 
to be in want." 

All that choose to travel on the broad way will, 
sooner or later, like the prodigal son, come to 
want. Ab the human family arrives at the line of 
accountability they become responsible to God. 
They must then choose for themselves; they can 
no longer stand in a state of innocency. Here 
the broad way of Bin and disobedience leaves the 
straight and narrow way, and the farther one 
travels on this downward road, the farther he 
gets away from God and eternal happiness. 

Ton observe that just a little beyond the line of 
accountability is the line of the new birth, regen- 
eration. It is the privilege of all to cross this 
line, and thus be adopted into the visible king- 
dom of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not neces- 
sary that one travel on the downward road and 
-2come contaminated and steeped in Bin in order 
to be regenerated. To generate ia to beget and 
iraces in it life and physical existence. To 
regenerate is to re-beget, and embraces- spiritual 
life and spiritual existence. 

Of his own will begat he us with the word of 
truth." James 1: 18. "For in Christ Jesns I 
hav6 begotten you through the gospel." 1 Cor. 
4: 15. The Word of God produces the spiritual 
embryo " Not by works of righteousness which 
we have done, bnt according to his meroy he 
Baved us by the washing of regeneration, and re- 
newing of the Holy GhoBt." Titus 3: 5. "Christ 
loved the church and gave himself for it, that he 
might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of 
water by the word." Eph. 6: 26, 26. 

It is just as impossible to become the sons and 
daughters of God independent of the laws of re- 
generation, as it is to have physical existence 
independent of the organic laws of generation, 
"Except a man be born of water and of the Spir- 
it, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." 
John 3: 5. All that oome to the line of accounta- 
bility must be regenerated and born again in or- 
der to eternal life and an acceptance with God. 
Will yon, kind friends, accept of God's meanB of 
salvation and have your name inscribed in the 
Lamb's book of life; or will you continue in sin 
and rebellion against God and be cast out? Ton 
now have the right to choose. Make a wise 
ohoice. 

The fourth line all mnut cross. All must enter 
the vale and shadow of death. " It is appointed 
unto man once to die, and after this the judg- 
ment." Those who have been regenerated and 
born of God have the blessed assurance that 
Christ will go with them through the valley of 
the shadow of death, and his rod and staff will 
comfort them. Psa. 23: 4. But those who have 
refuaed to enter the fold of Christ will have no 
friend to go with them when they come down to 
their deathbed. They look out into the black 
darkness beyond and there is no beckoning hand 
of love to bid them oome; there is no star of hope 
that meets their anxious vision. A long, doleful 
night of despair gathers around them. They 



January 8, 1895 . 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER, 



19 



must pass over the river of death attended by 
howling fiends of darkness. 

The fifth and laBt line is the great gulf between 
the wicked and righteous, as represented in Luke 
16, — the dividing line between God's mercy and 
wrath. When one of thoBe who had crossed the 
fifth line called for one of those on the oiher side 
to dip the tip of his ficger in water and cool his 
tongue, he was told, " Between ns and yon is a 
great gulf fixed, so that they which would pass 
from henoe to you cannot, neither can they pass 
to us, that would come from thence." Luke 16: 
26. As seen in the diagram, the impassable gulf 
is fixed between the righteous and the wicked. 
"The ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, 
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous." 
Psa. 1: 5. 

All those that have crossed the line of regenera- 
tion and have lived faithful, devoted lives in the 
service of God "shall be oanght up in the clouds 
to meet th9 Lord in the air, and so forever be 
with the Lord to er>j:>y that eternal rest that re- 
maineth for the people of God." They shall en- 
ter into that "inheritance which is incorruptible 
and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved 
in heaven for them." 1 Pet. 1: 4. Those who 
have not been regenerated and bom of water and 
of the Spirit must appear at the general judg- 
ment, and there be oondemned and be oast into 
the lake of fire and brimstone, which is the sec- 
ond death. Eev. 20: 10, 14, 15. 

Then, dear friends, like the prodigal son, arise 
and go to your Father's house and there your 
guilt confess, and he will take away those sin- 
stained garments and olothe you with a robe Gf 
righteousness, and register your name among the 
saved in heaven. 



A HISTOBY OF THE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST. 

Formerly Known as the "Brethren," "Tuskers" "An 
cient Brethren," " Dunkards," and now Incor- 
porated as " The German Baptist 
Brethren Chnrch." 

BY S. Z. SHARP. 

Number Bine. 

THE G3EAT COMMISSION. 

The last words of great men are ever held sa- 
cred. The last words spoken on earth by the Son 
of Gcd, are most precious. Based on "all au- 
thority both in heaven and on earth," they are 
pregnant with the scheme of human redemption. 
They embrace the law for obtaining human sal- 
vation. They contain the formula for entering 
into covenant with the Triune God, and add the 
promise of the Son's presence "to the end of the 
world." 

It is this formula for entering into covenant 
with the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, 
that is now before ue. Ever since its promulga- 
tion, it has been recogni'z sd by all Christendom 
88 the law commanding baptism, as we!! se the 
foundation for the doctrine of the Trinity. Its 
authority can not be questioned; it has never 
been abrogated, but stands to-day as the law pre- 
scribing whom and how to baptize 

The oommand to teach, standing in this formu- 
la, before the command to bnpiizj, implies that 
teaching should precede baptism. This idea is 
emphasizad by the practice of the apostles, Acts 
2: 38-42; 8: 5-12; 9: 17, 18; 10: 34-18; 16: 14, 15; 
33: 34; 19: 1-5. f a ith being also placed into the 
formula before baptism, indicates that only 
believers should be baptizsd. The practice of 
the apostles, so far as we can determine, shows 
that they confined the rite of baptism to believ- 
ers, and the language of Philip, Acts 8: 37, indi- 
cates that they would not baptize any others, 



THE MODE OF BAPTISM. 

To ascertain the manner of practicing this rite 
during the apostolic age, we must rely ohiefly 
upon the following faots: 

1. The commission is in the form of a law, 
hence must be couched in words distinctly un- 
derstood by those affected by that law, otherwise 
it would prove its own defeat, and its author 
could be charged with folly. 

The words indicating the mode of baptism may 
be as readily understood as the words " eat " or 
"drink" in the direction to partake of the Lord' 
Sapper, or to obey any other command of the 
Lord about which there is no difference of opin. 
ion, 

2. The oomm'ssion was written in Greek, the 
most exact language ever known, and from that 
language it was translated into onra and all oth- 
ers, either directly or indirectly. The Greek 
word in the commission, conveying the idea to 
baptize, is baplizontea, from baptizo, the emphat- 
ic form of bapio In the New Testament this 
last named word means to dip or plunge. This 
meaning is never called into question. See Matt, 
26: 23; Mark 14: 20; Lnke 16: 24; John 13: 20; 
Kw, 19: 13. Baptizonita is literally translated 
by the words, dipping plunging, or one of their 
equivalents ; figuratively, by the term overwhelm- 
ing or bringing under some influence, Matt. 3: 11; 
Mark 10: 39, Its primary and most obv 
meaning is best conveyed by the English word 
dipping. This was the meaning attached to it 
for five hundred years before, and for centuries 
after the advent of Ohrist, hence this must have 
been its meaning during the apostolic age. 

3. The charaoter of the Greek language would 
not permit the nse of words with vague or indefi- 
nite meanings, neither do we find them so used 
in the New Testament. When the idea of 
sprinkling is to be conveyed in Greek, we have 
the term rant zo or some of its derivatives, Heb. 9: 
13, 19; 12: 24; 1 Peter 1: 2. For pouring we have 
words derived from cheo, Matt. 26: 7; Mark 14: 3 
Luke 10: 34; John 2: 15; Rev. 16: 1, 2. To waah 
ihe whole body we have louo, John 13: 10; Acts 9: 
37, etc. To toath clothes, pluo, Rsv. 7: 14, To 
wash a part of the body, as the face, hands, or 
feet, we have nipto, Matt. 6: 17; 15: 2; John 13: 
5, To dtp or plnnge anything into a liquid, 
we have baptizo, John 13: 26; Rev. 19: 13. There 
is no case adduced from the New Testament in 
which it can be shown that baptizo should be 
translated pour or sprinkle when used in its liter- 
al sense. When used figuratively, pouring or 
sprinkling would often be peculiarly inappropri- 
ate. 

4. If it were not a settled fact that the word 
baptizontes in the commission meant a dipping or 
immersing, we could not account for its being so 
translated in the following languages: viz , Syriac, 
Arabic, Ethiopio, Egyptian, Armenian, Latin, 
Gothic, early German, Swedish, Danish, Spanish, 
Hollandic, French and Welsh. We should notice 
that these translations were made by learned men 
and with the greatest care, and are endorsed by 
lexicographers and the ripest scholars from all 
denominations. 

ONOE INTO EAOH NAME. 

Observing the laws of the language by which 
the commission was handed down to us, we notioe 
that the command to baptize requires the dipping 
of the candidate once into each name. This ap- 
pears from the following facts: 

1. The compound phrase, — "name of the Fa- 
ther, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost " — 
represents three distinct names, the same as when 
we say the " name of Peter, and of James, and of 
John." It is not one compound name, like 
Simon Bar-jona. Common sense admits this. 



The laws of the langnage demand it. These 
names are oorrectly construed thus: In the Fa- 
tber's name, oad in the Son's name and in the 
Holy Ghost's name. This shows that the word 
name is understood in the first rendering before 
"Son" and "Holy Ghost." 

2 Throughout the New Testament Scriptures, 
the names of the three persons in the Trinity are 
never used interchangeably. The word Father is 
never used to represent the Son, nor the word 
Son to represent the Holy Ghost, though each 
name has many synonyms. 

3. It is the law of language that a series of 
names in the genitive or possessive case must 
represent different persons or things, as, for ex- 
ample, "the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying 
on of hands, and of resurrection." Heb. 6: 2. 
The same is tru9 when each word is preceded by 
an article, as "the Jew and the Greek," Rom. 10: 
12, while a single name can never be expressed 
with the article or the preposition " of " before 
each word of a compound term, as Simon Peter, 
Cains Julius Cseiar. The three words in the 
commission, representing names are each pre- 
ceded by both the article and the preposition 
"of," hence they represent three distinct persons. 

4 One person cannot be in three places, re- 
mote from each other, at the same time. The 
three persons in the Trinity (two at least in a 
bodily form) were at one moment in three places. 
The Son was in Jordan, at the time of his bap- 
tism, the Holy Ghost, between heaven and earth, 
and the Father in heaven, Luke 3: 21, 22. Even 
now the Son is seated "on the right hand of 
God," Heb. 10: 12, and not occupying the place 
of the Father at the same time with him. There- 
fore there are three persons in the Trinity. 

5. Wo are not to be baptized or brought into 
relationship with the three Divine Persons, 
taken collectively. That would require but one 
act in baptism, and the formula would have to be 
" baptizing them into the name of the Father, 
Son, and Holy Ghost." When the article and 
preposition " of " are omitted, then but one act is 
required, as in the following example: "Many 
shall come from the east and west and shall sit 
down with Abram and Isaac and Jacob in the 
kingdom of God," Matt 8: 11. Here the article 
and the preposition are omitted and the idea is, 
" From the east and west, many shall come, and 
with Abram and Isaac and Jacob, shall sit down." 
There is but one coming and one sitting down, 
since the nouns are used collectively without the 
articles before them. 

Our relation is not "with the Father and 
Son," bnt our fellowship is with the Father 
and with the Son," 1 John 1: 3. When we 
admit that there are three distinct Divine 
names in the commission (not one compound 
name), representing three Divine Persons (not 
one Person) and admit the law of language in re- 
gard to the use of the article and preposition 
" of," we are compelled to admit that " baptizing 
them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Ghost," requires three acts, just 
the same as " Baptizing them into the mouth of 
the Mississippi, and of the Ohio, and of the Mis- 
souri." 

MoPherson. Kana. 



"LINE T/POH LIKE." 

BY O, H. BALSBAUOH. 



grle 



To write the same things to you, to 
but (or you It Is sale." — Phllpp. 



My dear Si$ter: — 

Many brethren think it strange that some 
of the sisters need to be taught so often the dis- 
tinction between 1 Cor. 11: 6, and verse 15. 



THR GOSPEL MESSENGER 



January 8, 1895. 



But these same brethren need to be tanght ranch 
oftener the distinction between Eph. 2: 8, 9, and 
James 2: 24. It is easier to make the graoe of 
Christ of none effect by misinterpreting the pas- 
sage in James, than to make shipwreck on 1 dor. 
11: 16. 

Bat Paul is not self-contradictory in relation to 
the veil in prayer, as some contend. We search 
not for Paul's reasons, bnt for his meaning. The 
Gospel is a revelation to faith and not to philoso- 
phy. A child's faith will suffice for salvation, 
while the theologian's speoalations fall infinitely 
short of the mirk. Balieve and ba saved com- 
prises the utmost possibilities of both God and 
man. We oan easily believe a statement which 
is wholly beyond our comprehension. I believe 
in the Trinity of the Godhead, as I do in the 
trinity of my own being, but I understand nei- 
ther, so you can believe in the covering for wom- 
an in prayer, without knowing anything of the 
prinoiple that underlies the injunction. 

Your mistake consists in overlooking the tran- 
sition of the apostle in verse 14, from the cardi- 
nal and practioal to the illustrative. " Her hair is 
given her for a covering," is the natural type of 
the covering referred to in verse 6. If the hair 
constitute the prayer-covering, there is not a 
more pitiful instance of self-contradiction on rec- 
ord than the 6th verse. "If the womaa be not 
covered;" that ie, if her head is nude "let her al- 
, "_ w hat? "Be shorn." Preposterous I And 
yet this is precisely what the exhortation of the 
apostle amounts to if the hair is the covering for 
prayer. The veil enjoined by Paul was a matter 
of sanctified volition, and not the product of un- 
sanotified nature. 

Ton ask whether the covering must be always 
worn? Not necessarily by the conclusion of the 
apostle's logic in the chapter under o nsidera- 
tion. There is no hint of difference between man 
and woman a3 to the time when the head should 
be covered or uncovered. To "pray without 
ceasing" applies equally to both sexes, and does 
not limit nor extend the injunction in verses 4 
and 5, to either party. Blessed is the man that 
can wear his hat in the Divine favor doriog his 
work : ng hcnrs, by rrtjing rnccveied n the 
Holy Ghost at the stated season of devotion. 
Blessed is the woman who can wash end bake 
and scrub and spade, and do all kinds of manual 
service under her natural covering, if the typical 
veil in prayer and prophesying is indeed the to- 
ken of the Divine indwelling and overshadowing. 
Where Paul rests his inspired prescription and 
argument, I will not venture to intrude. 

The 10th verse is indeed a riddle not easily 
solved. The best linguists have various readings. 
I will give Rotherbam's translation, which is as 
crit : cal as eny. "For this reason ought the 
woman to have permission upon her head, be- 
cause of the messengers." Young has it, "A 
token of authority upon her head." Alford gives 
it thus: "A token of power upon her head." All 
this has reference to the position 3he occupies in 
the creation and redemption of man, and is eluci- 
dated by verses 2, 7, 8, 11, 12. It reveals Paul's 
philosophy of the matter, which is too profound 
and comprehensive for us to grasp. 

The man's headship of the woman is not so ab- 
solute as the Christ's headship of man, or God's 
headship of Christ. But whatever this relation 
is, aud the obligation conneoted therewith, it de- 
mands of man an uncovered head, and of woman 
a veiled head, in time of worship. Power on the 
head because of the angels, applies to the un- 
covered no less than the covered approach to 
God in the different parties. A covered man 
and an uncovered woman, are equal violations. 
Believe, do, be strong, restful, victorious. 
Union Deposit, Pa. 



A LETTER FROM GERMAHY- 
BY 0. PERRY HOOVER. 

Fodr welcome friends oame to ns this Lord's 
morning,— four Gospel Messengers. After we 
had eaten the ouatomary German rolls for break- 
fast, we made haste to read the good news from 
America. Nor did we lay them aside until all 
were read. These were the best Messengers, it 
seemed, that we have read for many a day, and I 
am sure that there is no element of homesickness 
in our judgment. Let me give a few reasons: 

1. The Missionary Spirit in Them. It is the 
spirit of the times and the right spirit. Bless the 
L"rd that our beloved Brotherhood is awakening 
on the question of missions 1 These papers have 
a hopeful spirit, none of that foreboding element 
whioh we often see, that is afraid of progress, as 
if the Lord could not prosper what he inspires. 
This work is of the Lord, and we ought to regard 

Whenever a church is aotive on the mie- 
sion question, it is also active on other questions 
of spiritual progress History shows this. And 
as a student I rejoioe with all my heart to see 
these signs of growth among us. It means a 
happier day dawning, and a desire to develop the 
full resources of onr church. 

2. The Revival Meetings The frequent no- 
tices of accessions led us to count the number in 
the fonr papers. To onr great joy we counted 
977 baptisms, 77 applicants, and 46 reclaimed,— 
in all, 1,099. Of this number, ro doubt, some 
were reported twice and some baptized earlier, 
but it is safe to say that there were 1000 aocer- 
sions duriog October. These results are worthy 
of great rejoining, and show what can be done 
when the people are awakened. No churoh, no 
mailer how 3mall or poor it is, can tfford to do 
without a series of meetings. 

Furthermore, an analysis shows that the acces- 
sions were largest in sections where there is a 
missionary spirit. Again, it shows that the 
preachers were those who believe in missions. 
That is right; it ought not to be otherwise. What 
would even a Peter or a Paul have accomplished, 
had he not believed in missions? Nothing 
worth recording, I dare say. I have a supreme 
sympathy for the preacher, who, in this age of 
Bibles, and that, with the needs of humanity as 
plain as the noonday sun, says that he does not 
believe in missions. A righteous mind is charita- 
ble, bnt it cannot endorse such poverty of aoul. 
It is unfortunate, to say the least, for any one to 
be so misinformed concerning the spirit of the 
Good Book, — the Book of missions. 

3. Our Missionaries. Frequent mention is 
made of our missionaries, both at home and in 
India. It seems that some of us did not know 
there is a heathen land, until onr dear brother, 
and sisters offered themselves for that work. We 
now have an interest in India, — yes, we have 
millions of brothers and Bisters there in utter 
spiritual darkness. Let us save them, too. I be- 
lieve if a hundred other brave aonls like these 
three would offer to go to heathen lands, we could 
soon get np a real spiritual enthusiasm among ns. 
The few ripples of enthusiasm now among ns 
have increased the aocessions, but what will they 
be when we fully awake to our duty I Two thou- 
sand preachers ! A soul each month apiece would 
be 24,000 souls saved eaoh year. What resultsl 
Are they worth our efforts? 

4. So Many Young Men were Elected to the 
Ministry. Cioero, in " De Senectute," says that 
young men tear down empires (brotherhoods), but 
it takes the wisdom of old men to build them 
again. However, we must have yonng men for 
the ministry, — live, consecrated young men. 
They are yonng who have gone to India. May 
the Lord call hundreds of such I 



I read in the expressions of many that they be- 
lieve there is dawning a day of great religions 
activity among us. The young men elected now 
will be the leaders in that day. How important, 
then, that their eduoation and training in all 
lines be the bestl I found the ooean wide and 
deep, bnt it has not more drops of water than 
there are sins to be removed from mankind. 
Even here, in Protestant Germany, customs and 
beliefs must change considerable before "religion 
is as free as the air we breathe." 

And so we rejoice that so mnoh is being done. 
May the Lord bless the Brotherhood 1 

Leipzig, 0'" Hartel Strasse, Dec. 2. 



Notes from Our Correspondents. 



Lacon, 111.— Eld. 8 Bucklew oame to ns Dec. 7 
to preach sister Helen E. Ball's funeral. While 
with UB he preached two sermons for us, which 
resulted in two accessions by baptism. — Samuel 
Henry, Deo. 20. 

Woosler, Ohio.— We have decided to continue 
„jr Sunday school the entire year for the first 
time. The interest is commendable. We also 
commenced a series of meetings Deo. 22, conduct- 
ed by the home ministry.— D. M. Brubaker, Dee. 
24. 

nartin Creek, 111.— Bro. Amos J. Nickey, of Oak- 
ley, 111., just closed some interesting meetings at 
this place, commencing Dec. 15 and closing Deo. 
25. One was reclaimed. None were baptized, 
bnt Borne are counting the cost. — Nicholas Eich- 
enberg, Dec. 24, 

flreenland, W. Va.— Bro. W. F. Nine, of Gorma. 
nia, W. Va,, closed a series of meetings at Jor- 
dan's Run, one of our regular places of preach- 
ing, Dec. 16, with six additions to the church by 
baptism. Bro. Nine preaohed nine sermons. 
The meetings closed with tho beBt of interest.— 
Dennii Clark, Dec. 17. 

Lower Dlami, Ohio;— Our quarterly oonncil con. 
vened Deo. 19. All business before tho meeting 
was pleasantly disposed of. The churoh gave 
permistion to employ a competent teacher to give 
instruction in vocal music. Onr evergreen Sun- 
day school is continuing with nnabating inter- 
est. — J. O. Oarst, Dayton, Ohio. 

Bloomvllle, Ohio.— The Bible Term in North- 
western Ohio will be held in the Eagle Creek 
ohnrcb, at their churohhouse six miles northwest 
of Dunkirk, commencing Jan. 30, at 7 P. M , and 
continuing till Feb. 9. Bro. D. D. Thomas, of 
Williamstown, Ohio, will give railroad arrange- 
ments— S A. Walker, Dec. 21. 

Bethel, Bo.— Bro. S. B. Shirkey oommenoed a 
series of meetings in the Bethel congregation, at 
the lower chnrch, Dec. 1, and continued two weeks. 
We had a good, interesting meeting. He met 
with us at the upper church in council Dec. 15. 
The connoil was not well attended on account of 
rain. — Frances Hildebrand, Die. 23. 

Westphalia, Kans.— I went to the Vermillion 
church, in Marshall Co , Dec. 6, where we con- 
tinued meetings until the 17th. It seemed to be 
seedtime, but the harvest was not yet. Our asso- 
ciations with the Marshall County members were 
very pleasant, but owing to other meetings in 
progress, near by, onr congregations were not 
very large. I went to Olathe, Johnson Co., the 
night of the 17th, and learned the next morning 
that the Brethren had deferred their series of 
meetings to some future time on acconnt of scar- 
let fever raging in the city. I, therefore, returned 
on the 18th.— Ohat, M. Tearout, Deo. 20. 



January 8, 1896. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



21 



El Reno, Okla. — We commenced a aeries of meet- 
ings Dec. 9, Bro. Henry Troxel came in just at 
that time, remaining with us till the 12th preach- 
ing four sonl-cheering sermons; then he went 
back to home appointments. We continued the 
meeting till the 16th and closed with two bap- 
tized and two applicants to be baptized in the 
near future. Praise the Lord for his rich bless- 
ings! — Marshall Ennis, Dec. 17. 

Sidney, Ind.— Bro. John Heckman, of Polo, III, 
came to us and began meetings in Sidney on the 
evening of Dec. 1, and closed last night with a 
full house and good interest. Bro. Heckman 
came to us a stranger to nearly all, but made 
many friends while in our midat. While there 
were no accessions, yet we feel the meeting was a 
success, as we feel there were many guod and 
lasting impressions made.— Daniel Snell, Dec. 24. 

Dago, Ind.— Oar dear brother, William Neff, of 
Milford, Ind., began preaching for us in the 
Upper Deer Greek church on the evening of Dec. 
11 and closed on the evening of the 23 :d. Two 
were received into the chnrch by baptism. Many 
more had the path of duty dearly pointed out to 
them. We are persuaded that more would have 
come out, had our meetings continued. Bro Neff 
closed on account of illness. — Ariemas Smith, 
Deo 24. 

Bean Settlement, W. Va.— Eld. Silas Hoover, of 
Pennsylvania, came to this church Dec. 2 ard 
remained till Dec. 11, preaching eleven sermons, 
They also had a love feast. The meetings were 
well attended. Three came out on the Lord's 
side and were baptized and many more seemed 
near the kingdom. Bro. Hoover's sermons were 
highly appreciated by the people generally. Two 
were recently baptized at the Grassy Lick 
rhurcb. This is a mission point in the bonds of 
the above-named congregation, and is under the 
care of the Mission Board of our Distriot. Six 
sermons were preached at this place by the writ- 
er. This promises to be a good field for mission 
work— A B. Arnold, Dec 13. 

Union Oil;, Ind.— Bro. Joseph Spitz ?r began a se- 
ries of meetings at our Hill Grove house Dec. 5, 
whioh is still in progress. Saturday, Dec. 15, 
waB our regular quarterly council. Oar work 
was pleasantly disposed of. A brother who had 
fallen away from the church, was restored, caus- 
ing rejoicing in the camp of the Lord. Oar Bi- 
ble Term is to begin January 4, and is to be held 
in our house, one and one-half miles north of Un- 
ion Oity. We have quite a number of yonng 
members, and our desire is to develop their abili- 
ties for usefulness. We held a choice for a min- 
ister. Bro, Ezra Noffainger was elected and in- 
stalled.— W. K. Simmons. [This should have 
appeared in last issue, but it came too late. — Ed.] 

Hohican, Ohio. — I met with the members of this 
church Dec. 3, to assist them in conducting a 
series of meetings. The firBt week of the meeting 
the weather was somewhat against ns. We had 
considerable rain, and the roads were bad. Tak- 
ing everything into consideration the meetings 
were remarkably well attended from the start. A 
deep interest was awakened. We continued for 
two weeks, preaching in all twenty-two sermons, 
when, to our sorrow, we received word from home 
that we were wanted. We had the pleasure of 
seeing, during those meetings, nineteen precious 
souls added to the church by baptism. These 
meetings should not have closed so soon, but, as 
stated, home duties called us away. Many more 
were almost persuaded. Surely the dear brethren 
and sisters did their part welll While among 
them we felt that we were surely one in Christ 
Jesus, — Reuben Shroyer, Pierce, Ohio. 



Brainerd, Kans,— Bro. F. H Bradley, of Canton, 
Kans., has preached for us every fourth Sunday 
since March last. In July five came out on the 
Lord's side and were received by baptism. Dec, 
6 Bro. Bradley commenced a series of meetings at 
this place and preached eighteen sermons. Three 
young men were baptizad Dec. 11, and four more 
decided to enter the kingdom of Christ and were 
baptizsd Dec. Zl.— Sjrah Thomas. 

Clay HUI, Pa.— Oar quarterly council was held at 
the Hade house to-day. Everything passed off 
pleasantly. One was reclaimed and another ap- 
plied for membership, which caused much rejoic- 
ing. We have decided to do away with lining 
the hymns, as was the old custom. Hereafter all 
our houses will be furnished with hymn books 
We also deoided to hold a series of meetings at 
the Shady Grove house sometime in January or 
February.— W. A. Anthony, Dec. 22. 

Bear Green, Ohio.— Oa the evening of Dec. 16 
Bro. S. F. Sanger, of Bridgewater, Va, came to 
this place and preached for us until Deo. 23, de- 
livering twelve excellent sermoas. He is a work- 
man that needeth not to be ashamed. We are 
a irry that his time was limited, for we feel that 
he he s laid a good foundation for accessions to 
the church. To-day, Christmas, we had services. 
Bro. S. A. Blessing, from Indiana, gave us an in- 
teresting sermon. — Josiah Eby, De*. 25. 

Qninier, Kans.— Bro. John Crist, of Olathe, Kans,, 
came among us on the 7th, and preached until 
last evening, when he left for other fields of la- 
bor. While with us he preached thirteen ser- 
mons. The members have been built up in their 
most holy faith. Six precious lambs entered the 
fold. Others were almost persuaded. Of those 
that came out on the Lord's side, there were 
three brethren and three sisters, all Brethr 
children and still under the parental roof, — Ella 
Rsiah, Dec. IS. 

Bonnd mountain Chnrch, Ark.— I returned home 
Dec 15, from Madison County, where we had two 
weeks' meetings. The interest was very good, 
I baptized one, and others are near the kingdom. 
A few are ready but are waiting on their compan- 
ions. We 'hope to get more in the future. Our 
members in that part are alive to the cause of the 
good Master. They hold social meeting every 
week We have established a regular appoint- 
ment for them twice a month.— Samuel Weimtr, 
Wyman, Ark., Dec 17. 

flarkleysbnrgh, Pa.— Our brethren convened for 
quarterly council Dec- 15 and transacted a large 
amount of business, together with the election of 
two ministers, viz., Bro. Jacob Rodeheaver and 
the writer. Eld. John C. Johnson, of the 
George's Creek congregation, Eid. Valentine 
Blough, of the Middle Creek congregation, and 
Eld. Jerry Thomas, of Salem, were present. The 
latter gave us a very interesting sermon in the 
evening. Eld. Blough's discourse on Sunday 
was also very instructive. — M. J. Weller, Dec 20 

Peach Grove, Va.— Oar new church, two and one- 
half miles eaBt of Winchester, Va., was dedicated 
last winter, and in March we had a love feast. 
Daring the summer we were favored with some 
very able preachers from a distanoe, including Eld. 
S. A. Sanger, of Buckingham, Va., S. N. McOann, 
of Bridgewater, Va, J. 0. Beahm, of Augusta, V*-,, 
and others. We had a pleasant series of meet- 
ings in October. Eld. J. Zigler, of Rockingham, 
Va,, preached eighteen sermons for us which were 
very enjoyable. We are under the care of Eld. 
Daniel Baker. Our home ministers are brethren 
W. Wine and 8. Cline. We ere all in love and 
union.— Mar garet J. Miller, Winchester, Va, 
Dec. 15. 



Lower Cumberland, Pa. -Dec. 15 closed our meet- 
ings at Pleasant View church, where Bro. Jas. A. 
Sail, of McKee'sGap, Pa, held forth "the glad 
tidings of the kingdom of God" for two weeks in 
a manner that is an honor to the chnrch. As an 
immediate result of the meeting one young lady 
was baptized, and is now enjoying the fellowship 
of God's people. On the following morning Bro, 
Sell commenced a series of meetings at the Wal- 
gamoth house, Lower Conewago charch, York 
Co., Pa , where he is now defending the Truth 
with power.— Henry Beelman, Dillsburgh, Pa., 
Dec. 22. 

Long Meadow, Bid. — Bro. Brice Sell came to ns 
Dec. 1, 1894, and, on the evening of the same 
date, commenced a series cf meetings in the 
Beaver Creek congregation, at the Long Meadow 
chnrch, which oontinued until Dfc. 18 Bro. 
Sell preaohed, in all, twenty sermons, which were 
so interesting and deeply charged with sound 
Gospel i r the that many were made to remark 
that such able preaching was perhaps never be- 
fore heard at this place. While there were no 
immediate accessions, we feel that many minds 
were impressed with truths which will not soon 
be forgotten. — F. D. Anthony, Starioum, Md,, 
Dec. 24. 

Ingram, Okla.— Bro. Applemao came to us Dec. 
10 and preached six souUoheering sermons. He 
held forth the Word in its purity, and as a result, 
cue soul was added to the fold. While Bro. 
Appleman was with us we organized our little 
church. We have at present tweuty members. 
We named our church "Deep Fork church." 
Bro. Appleman was chosen as our minister. We 
elected two deacons, The lot fell on brethren 
W. P. Brouse and John A. Carpenter. We would 
be glad if tome of our ministering brethren could 
locate with ua, Bro. Burns, John Neher and 
Bro. Landis were with us during our meeting. 
Bro; Appleman expects to preach for us every 
first Sunday.— Efii* C. Carpenter, Dec. 19. 

Fleasant Valley, Va.— The home brethren com- 
menced a series of meetings at Beaver Creek 
schoolhouse, in the bonds of the Pleasant Valley 
congregation, Nov. 30, and continued up to Deo. 
8, which resulted in au addition of seven by bap- 
tism, with one applicant who will be baptized 
soon Meetings were also commenced at the 
Esedwille sohnolhouse Dec. 7, and oontinued up 
to the 11th, which resulted iu eighteen additions 
by baptism. Among the number was a little 
girl, nine years old, and two boys, twelve years 
of age; also two children who have been blind 
from birth. There have been, Bince April, forty- 
four additions by baptism and two reclaimed in 
tSe above "church. — R T. AJcers, Alum Ridge, 
Va , Dec 17. 

Soaring Spring, Pa. — Bro. S. 8. Beaver, of Mc- 
Allisterville, Pa., came to us Dec. 1, commenced 
meetings the same evening and oontinued the 
meetings until the 18th of the same month. Bro. 
Beaver did not shun to declare the Word of God 
in its purity. His manner of conducting a pro- 
tracted meeting is to indoctrinate and then ask 
p?cp'e to come to Christ. Bro"Beaver andgthe 
writer made as many as five calls in a day among 
the brethren, sisters and friends. While in their 
homes we had a religious talk, and then before 
we left we read a Scripture and had prayer with 
the family. Brethren, much good can be accom- 
plished in these short bat instructive visits, Bro. 
Beaver preached in all twenty sermons and one fu- 
neral sermon. Nine msde the good choice and were 
buried with Christ in baptism and one reclaimed. 
Bro. Beaver went from here to the Smithfield 
churchhouse, belonging to both the Fairview and 
Clover Creek churches, where he is now labor- 
ing.— J. R. Stayer, Dec. 26. 



THE GOSPEL MBSvSENGE^. 



J an nary 8, 1896. 



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SILVER LINING IN THE CLOUD. 

Although the day Is dark and drear, 

And rain and wind are sighing loud, 
Above It all is bright and clear — 

There's sliver lining in the cloud. 
Let no vain sorrow or regret 

Life's inner harmonies enshroud; 
They see not — those who pine and fret — 

There's stiver lining in the cloud. 



has been 
nnmon crowd, 



Where sympathy to J 

As coming from thl 
In silence onward mo 

There's silver lining In the cloud 
Not sull 



>ws the world can cheer, 

Or mike the feeble heart feel proud; 
But smiles when those who doubt and fear— 

There's silver lining in the cloud. 
Who suffers from the suffering, 

In him a kingly hsart is bowed: 
True glory that life is within— 

There's silver lining in the cloud. 



DIAEY LEAVES. 



BY W. B. STOYEB. 



Par I Said, Egyft, Nov. 14, 1804. 

Afteb arrival at five in the evening, stveral 
of na got aboard a little boat and went ashore. 
There are always plenty of these little boats 
to be had. At Malta we counted some fifty. 

Port Said is a atndy. We walked together np 
the middle of the street with a constant swarm 
of volnntary attendants. First were guides. One 
told ns we would have to have a guide. "We 
told him, "No guide." And nntil we had em- 
phasized onr words to him very much and told 
him to " get away," he walked close by us. This 
was but the entrance,— the index. All along, 
whichever way we went or even looked sometimes, 
men and boys were calling out to us to come 
into this or that shop and buy their wares. The 
calling was continuous in the street, if not to 
us, to others. Walk along, aod the fallows fol- 
low you. Btop, and they surround yon. One 
lad followed ne with a large banket of oranges, 
from the time we came ashore until we went 
away. 

One of the natives on our boat boasted that 
at Port Said all were Mohammedans, and "no 
Ohristns, no Bible." We will willingly grant 
it, afwr having spent but a few hours on its 
streets and in its shops. 

Here again the ship took coal. At Malta, also, 
is an English coaling station, bat this is said 
to be the fastest coaling station in the world. 
All the coal is damped by hand from the flat 
boat, into the ship. The men carry the baskets 
on their shoulders, and thus form lines from 
the part of the flat boat where their baskets are 
filled, to the part of the ship that receives the 



coal. Not long ago six hundred tons were thus 
supplied a large steamer in seventy minutes. 

Leaving Port Said at nine o'clock, we enter 
at once the Suez canal. Ship travels but s : x 
miles an honr in the canal. It is as still as 
can be. The moon is unusually bright. We re- 
main on deck till nearly midnight, enjoying the 
balmy atmosphere and the calm beanty of this 
bright night. 

This canal is eighty-six miles long, and is 
of immense advantage in voyaging from London 
to the Bast. From London to Bombay is 4 965 
miles. The ship company pays ten shillings for 
eaoh passenger oarried through, yet we cannot 
but remember with sadness that many thousands 
of lives were lost in the building of the canal. 
This is a great triumph of engineering skill, but 
how true it is that "nothing great is lightly won." 

Sua Canal, Nov ij. 

Passing slowly through the desert this forenoon 
we saw camels and natives in their homes. One 
Arab was just returning alone on his camel from 
probably a lengthy journey. They approached 
with steady paoe the bare-looking, equare, little 
one-story huts they called a home. There was 
a little cluster of three or four hnts there in 
the desert together. When they came near, the 
camel knelt, the rider dismounted and sat down 
before him, and then neither camel nor man 
moved again as long as we oonld see them. 

A little further on we saw two Arabs walking 
in the direction of the camel and the man, — walk- 
ing in the trackless, treeless, fenceless desert, — 
walking, that was all. 

All alone, not far from the canal on the left, 
stand two little crosses, in the sand. Upon in- 
quiry we are told that two passengers once sick- 
ened and died on their voyage, and they were 
buried there. I wonder if they died in Christ. 
If they did, a desert grave is just as sweet as 
on the grassy hill. 

Now we begin to realiza why the men put 
a second canvas covering or awning over the 
decks at Malta. This morning at 8 o'clock the 
thermometer registered 80 degrees. 

Leaving Suez, a very desert town, where we 
arrived about noon, we enter the Gnlf of Snez, 
On either side are ranges of mountains several 
hundred feet high. We are in constant remem- 
brance that these are sacred "grounds." We 
nearing the Bed Bea. We read with great 
interest Exodus 13: 7 to 20: 23, and other kindred 
Boriptnres. 

Red Sea, Nov, 16 

The sea is wide. Some places we can not see 
land. On the left we. looked upon the Sinai 
range. A clond hangs now over one of the high- 
est points. The man of God,— Moses,— lives to- 
day in the record of His book. No doubt he 
wondered what would become of the murmuring, 
erring children of Israel when he was gone. But 
his meek faith soon dismissed such thoughts. 
There can not be mnch faith in one who wonders 
what will become of the church in the next gen- 

ation, or, in other words, when he is gone. 

While I do not now wonder so much that 
the Israelites complained in yonder desert, I ap- 
preciate more than ever Moses' excellent words: 
Your mnrmurings are not against us, but 
against the Lord." Ex. 16: 8 

This morning at 8 o'olock the thermometer 
registered 84 degrees. We appreciate fully the 
good breeze constantly blowing. 

Aden, Arabia Nov. /o. 

At Aden, like at all other stations except Brin- 
disi, we stopped ont a distance from the shore, 
and many boats ply in the water. As we near 
the port we notice two large masts sticking np 
out of the water. We learn that about fonr years 



ago the ship struck a rock there and rapidly 
weut to the bottom. All that can be seen of 
it now is the tops of the two masts. 

The kite, a very common bird here, hovers 
about, sometimes very olose to us, sits upon the 
mast ropes, rides on the waves, and constantly 
keepB on the look-ont for any crumbs or offal 
from the ships Bat that which is most new 
is the operation of the fish-like native boys in 
the water below. Siine twonty or thirty little 
fellows gathered on port side of the boat in the 
water, swimming, soon after the boat stopped. 
Then they all began yelling "Wo-ho" and 
" O-ho " at the top of their voices. They gave 
a fimiliar ri3ing inflaotion on the second sylla- 
ble of their cry. Same one pitched a penny in 
th9 water to the swimmera and then there was 
a eoramble, The four or five nearest dived for 
it, As they come to the surface again, the lucky 
hand upholds the money. They become quite 
expert, and very rarely does a piece of money 
get away from them, if thrown into the water. 

They have a nnmbar of small canoes, I suppose 
about as our Indians nsed to have, and they 
know how to get in and ont of the boat without 
getting water into it. Getting out is easy 
enough, but to get in requires some skill. They 
pnt their hands in on the bottom of the boat, 
and then, without bearing on the side of it, 
spring over into it. Thns they keep their bal- 
ance. With feet hanging in the water on one 
side, they lean back on the other and Bit on 
the bottom. Then it is an easy matter for them 
to collect their feet, and they are in. We are 
told that these native boys, shining black, and 
with only a yard or two of light cloth about their 
loins, stay in the water hours at a time. The 
larger boats come right among them as a wagon 
among weeds, bat they keep watoh of them and 
often swim under them, or take momentary hold 
of the oars, or hang on before or behind. 

Hers at Aden some eight or ten postmasters 
boarded onv ship. Their daty is to assort all 
the mail on board, eo that, as soon as we reach 
Bombay, it can be immediately dispatched to 
all the parts of India sad the East for which 
it is destined. These men take the first mail 
steamer from Bombay to Aden to assort the 
mail again. What economy of time] The work 
reqnires nearly five days' labor, and it is done 
on the way. These postmen thus live between 
Bombay and Aden, between Aden and Bombay. 
Half their number are Europeans, half are 
native India men. 

Arabian Sea, Nov, 20, '94. 

Sea quite smooth and oalm. Last night we 
looked diligently for the Southern Cross, but 
failed to see it. The North Star hangs very low 
in the sky, and wd cau not find Ursa Major, the 
familiar Great Dipper. 

How time flieal What changes comsl A year 
ago to-day dear father Ernmert fell asleep.. We 
rejoice to know that but a few years shall separate 
ns. His waB a quiet, comeorated life. Twenty- 
five years an elder in Northern Illinois, his joy 
was when the church was at peace within and at 
war without, — at war with the enemy to win souls 
from his to Ohriat's kingdom. Bro. Emmert'i 
gloomy days and nights were spent when the 
church had war within and peace without. We 
mourn his death, We loved him while with ns; 
we love him still. And in entering upon the 
work before us we have his blessing. He told ns 
in true words before: "When I look upon the 
work from the Bible stand-point, I can only say, 
My children, go. These last words were oft 
spoken with tearf ai eyes. May his memory lin- 
ger ever with na and strengthen ns! 

ThiB forenoon something broke about the steam 
piping of the engine, and we can not make quite 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



23 



the nsoal distance each day. They tell as we 
won't get to B3tnbay until Sunday now, and we 
onght to have been there by next; Saturday 
morning. Onr bearings at noon located us at 
Lat. N. 13 deg. 51 min., Long. E 60 deg. 15 min.; 
distance made in last twenty-four hours 319 miles. 

5. S. Peninsular, Nov. 21. 

Fine weather; sea smooth; false report abont 
the break in the machinery; good breeza all the 
time. To-day at noon our bearing was Lat. N. 
15 deg. 7 miu., Long. E. 58 deg. 6 min. Distance, 
348 miles. 

NoV. 22, 1S94. 

All is well. Lat. N. 16 deg. 19 min.; Long. E. 
61 deg. 55 min. Number of miles, 343 

Arabian Sea, Friday, Nov. 23, tSc)./.. 

Lat. N. 17 deg. 45 min., Long. E 67 deg. 43 
min., miles, 344 We < xpect to reach Bombay to- 
morrow on good time. We mail our letters this 
evening, and then they are transferred to another 
ship to-morrow, I think, and at once go on their 
way. 

I have become acquainted with a young Hindu, 
a Mr. Yissessur Prasad, who got on ship at Aden. 
He took me for a native of India, and I feel quite 
complimented, as a new missionary. His story 
is that he broke his caste and ran away for Eng- 
land to go to college further. His parents tele- 
graphed to him to Aden, saying, ' Gome back and 
go in April. The England winter too co'd for 
yon." He is a clever young fellow, and speaks 
good EDglish. He is about to take his A. B. de- 
gree in college, is fond of mathematics and the 
sciences. He does not know whether he believes 
in God or not, — never read the Bible. Bought 
one onoe to read, but his grandfather took it from 
him. I marked a Testament and gave it to him, 
and now he is busy reading it. 

I asked him how the natives looked upon the 
fact of there being so many sects in Christianity. 
He said it is not generally known to the common 
people, and those who know it are not surprised, 
for the Hindus also have many sects. 

He said he thought Christianity is the beat re- 
ligion, and Mohammedanism is the worst. He 
said when he had read his Testament through, he 
would write to me. Maybe he would come and 
see us. He gave me his address, and when wo 
are permanent, I will write a letter to him. O, 
that he may be led to accept Jesus, the living 
Savior! 

He says when he gets home now, since, by go- 
ing out of India, he has broken his caste, he may 
not eat at his people's table. He must eat before 
or after them. If he deoides to accept Christ, he 
says he will do so in spite of caste, friends, or 
money. 

He does not love the English. They are in his 
eyes, "too aggressive." "They lord it over the 
natives." He hopes to visit America sometime, 
as that "must be a great country, but rather ex- 
pensive." " Amerioa was, like India is, under 
English rule." He is a clever man, and may 
Lord convert him! I will no more say heaihen, — 
just non-Ohristian. Like many at home, one 
thing he yet lacks. 

Now, to-morrow, we will be in Bombay. I 
worde-r what will be our first week's experience 
there! May the Lord open the way for na, and 
may we go forward according to his will I 



as I caine there, I received a letter that Bro. Mil- 
ler would not come till ntxi summer. 

At that time I also visited the brethren and 
sisters at Wanneberga, where I met Bro. Ander- 
son. There we had a very pleaBant love feast. 
Afterward Bro. Anderson and I left Wanneberga 
to visit the members in Hor, where we had a 
meeting, and afterwards conversation with them. 

Since that time I have worked in Malmo aid 
it has been to much blessing. Five dear souls 
have been added to the church by baptism, and 
some more are near. 

Sept. 11 1 went to the North again and there 
visited the members. I had meetings at every 
place visited, having held nineteen meetings in 
all. We also had a love feast where most of the 
members were present. 

Oct, 12 I left Lulea for Malmo again, whore 
I now am. Here I have held many meetings, 
and I am every day goicg from houae to house 
to speak to people about God. Nov. 5 we also 
had an important lovo feast. Thirteen members 
communed. I frequently go to Limhamn where 
I have held some meetings. Onr dear brother 
Anderson haa been very sick for a long time, 
able to do anything; but he ia now better, and 
we hops that God will goon restore him so that 

> can again bs partaker in the labor of God. 

Now at the cioBe I will send a hearty greet- 
ing to all my dear brethren acd sietera in Ameti 
ca. Pray for me and for all who with me work 
for God. 

Malmo, Sweden, Ewope, Nov 20. 



FROM MALMO, SWEDEN. 

BY HANS OLS80N. 

As you know, I have been in Lnlea, in North- 
ern Sweden, for about five years, and God has 
blessed his work there very much. In the month 
of June there were two baptized. July 1 I went 
to Malmo to meet Bro. D. L. Miller, bnt just 



. FROH CEKRO GORDO, ILL, 
BI GEOBGE W. OBIl'E 

On my return from a mission tour a few daja 
ago, and on entering the Sisters' Benevolent 
Society's room, a larga and comfortable upper 
room, the use of which i- donated to them by 
Mr. J. S. Ater, I was uaide to think of the 
account Luke gives in Acts 10: 30 of a similar 
work, which also was in an upper room. The 
good Lord has tak3n account of it and preserved 
it in the bieeaed Book, in the following language: 
" And all the widows stood by weeping, and show- 
ing the coats and garments Dorcas had made." 
So I thought it might be good to use a small 
space in the Messenger in giving an account 
of the noble work those dear sisters are engaged 
in. 

They have appraisers outside of their organi- 
zation to appraise their work before it is shipped. 
They organized April 26, 189 i. Up to date they 
have shipped the following goods to the places 
named: 

To Chicago Mission, 104 pieces of clothing, 
G04 quilt blocks, appraised at $2(3 00. 

To Old Folks' and Orphans' Home, at Mexico, 
Ind., 329 pieces of clothing, $5 7 50. 

To Old Folks' Home, Kansas, 21 garments, one 
pair of blankets and forty-two yards of carpet, 
$23 40. 

To Western sufferers, shipped to McPherson, 
Kansas, 632 pieces of clothing, $267.87 

Forty-two pieces of garments for the poor 
in our own town, $16 89. Besides, considerable 
sewing has been done for the maimed and blind 
free of oharge. 

And in booking over the piles of garments yet 
oa hand, made up and others on the way, I could 
not help but thank God and say, Go on! O, the 
hearts made happy by this good work! Eternity 
will only tell the good thus done. Jeens then 
*ill Bay, "I was hungry and ye fed me, thirsty 
«ad ye gave me drink, naked and ye clothed me; 
and inasmuch aa ye did it to these, you did it 
unto me." Glorious thought, that God notices 
the least done for the poor in Jesus' name. 



My exonse for writing up this work a little 
is to give encouragement to many others to go 
and do likewise. There is so much to be done 
and we have thousands of willing ones if only 
some one opens the way. I hope many of onr 
dear sisters will join in this noble work all over 
the Brotherhood, where not already so engaged. 

Deo 12. 

FROM WANNEBERGA, SWEDEN. 

BY J. M BISBEBG. 

In my last letter I promised to write a few 
lints as soon as I had returned home from prison. 
All the time I spent in prison for Jesus I was 
also very much blessed by him. He that prom- 
ised to be with us, even unto the end of the 
world, has also been with me in all my troubles. 

Now I have fulfilled my first year's serving 
time, but I do not know ho?/ it will be the next 
year. Then I also have a time of twenty-two 
days; but I am sure that God shall help me also 
then, and may the will of God always be done 
among the people of God, is my earnest prayer. 

Oot. 4 I left my prison cell and returned home 
immediately. The same evening all the breth- 
ren and sisters there came together for prayer 
and thanksgiving to our Lord that they now 
had me in their midst again. Since that time 
I have had my work here at Wanneberga and 
here I work for the Lord as much at I can. 
When I came here I was vary glad to find the 
brethren and sisters happy in Ohrist, in spite 
of all the sorrows and straits they have passed 
through during late years. 

There is a great mission field here, and there 
is a great demand for more workers. Since I 
was elected to the first degree of the ministry 
I have held two and three meetings every week. 

Nov. 1G Bro. H. Olsson and wife, from Malmo, 
came to our aid, and we have had meetings 
every evening at several places. Nov, 18 we had 
a very important meeting at our meetinghouse 
here by brethren H. Oleson and O. P. Ohlin and 
ia the evening a pleasant love feast where four- 
teen members communed. A sister who had 
gone astray has now returned. May God blesa 
her and na all to be faithful to the end. 

Now at the last I will S3nd my dear brethren 
and sisters in America hearty thanks for their 
kindness to me while in prison. 

Wanneberga, Winslof, Sweden, Europe. 



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jli.a-.-ecofc-iUzetiorsJJiof the German Baptist o: 3Mtu<tr>'i. church, 
! idvo'.atss the form oi doctrine taught In the Hew Testament and 
ids lor i return to apostolic and primitive Christianity. 
. re;o:?nir.e3 the tTe-s Testament as the only Infallible rale ol faith and 
tHce, iudmamtaina that Faith toward God, Repentance from dead 
.:. n oi lae heart and mind, baptism by Trine Immersion 
leB^sionoIsJnsnntothereceptionolths HoIyGhcst by the laying 
;.' hands, are the meaira ol zdoprion Into the household oi Gcd,— tha 
reh militant. 

.'..:.■ .';:. -~k:W.r.r„ a; laugjl ti Jsha rj, 5oti bi* 

■-"d oi Jesus, should be observed In the church. 

hat tie Lord's Supper, Instituted by Christ and as unlver*ally ob- 

■- and the early Christiana, is . hill meal, and, in 

the Communion, should be taien ir. the ereaing or after 

:,"_:? _:_.- Siss, or Sis* ol Charity, Is binding 

:'.?^iHon axe contrary to the spirit and leli-denylng 
.:; 'ius Christ. 
he principle oi Fialn Dressing and ol Noii-cooJormlty to th* 
!d. as taught In the f-itfl jTesianieril, s-ould be observed by thefot 
.. 

H iutj oi Anointing the Sick with Oiu in the Name 
Ml 5: :/„ Is binding upon nil ChiiiUani. 
its the c '^urcli'e duty to support Missionary and Tract 
! ■_;.."'_ . ■ j ■.'--■'. o > '.he Gospel and lor the 

:. i-J '•-■ a^os'-iii ii7c en- 

the conflictina theories and dlicordsoJ 
..- ali mast concede to be m- 



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January 8, 1895. 



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Much matter, and some oE it already in type, 
including considerable editorial, is crowded out 
of this issue. It will appear nest week. 

On acoount of going to press with the last is- 
sue a few days ahead of time, some matter in- 
tended for that number had to be held over until 
this week. 

Though the District Meeting for Northeastern 
Ohio was held Oot. 4, 1894, we did not receive a 
copy of the Minutes -ntil a few days ago. No 
papers are sent to Annial Meeting. Bro. F. B. 
Weimer will repreEent the District on the Stand- 
ing Committee. 

Christmab evening Bro. L. W. Teeter closed 
a series of meetings in the Eversole church, 
Ohio, with eleven additions by baptism and one 
reclaimed. He preached twenty- seven Bermons. 
The above is gleaned from a oard written by Bro. 
John Calvin Bright. 

The Rock Bun church, Ind., seems to be 
blessed with paace and a large measure of the 
Spirit. During the last twenty-three months one 
hundred persons have been added to the mem- 
bership. We commend the church for her zaal 
for the Master's cause. 



Weiting from the Crooked Creek church, 
Iowa, Bro. D. P. Miller Bays an interesting series 
of meetings was recently conducted in that con- 
gregation by Bro. S. F. Brower, of South Eng- 
lish. There were no additions, but the meetings 
proved very helpful to the members and others. 

Bro L N. H. Beahm closed his meetings at 
Polo, I1L, wi'h five accessions. His stay in 
Northern Illinois has been greatly appreciated by 
the churches in which he labored, and through 
his instrumentality a number have accepted 
ChriBt and are now numbered with the saints. 
Accompanied by his wife and child, he left here 
last week for Virginia. The members in Mt. 
Morris regret that his arrangements did not per- 
mit him to do some preaching for ub. We hope 
to see him here again in the near future. 



In the death notice of Susanna Neher, pub- 
lished in No. 50 of last volume, appeared a few 
mistakes. Her daath took place Nov. 29, instead 
of the 2tth, and the funeral was preaohed by Bro. 
Boyd, of Brazilton, instead of Broughton. We 
uiik* thesjojrrectiona by reqaest oE Eld. Martin 
Neher. __ 

Writing from Burlington, W. Vs., Deo 18, 
Bro. Geo. S. Arnold says: "We just closed an- 
other interesting series of meetings here in the 
Beaver Eua congregation, and at the TJrr.on 
echoolhouae. Bro. Tobias Fike did the preach- 
__^ " He delivered fifteen disoDurses. Seven 
were baptized and two others await baptism. 

"Constancy and Other Poems" is the title of 
a book of excellent poetry by Bro. N. R Baker, 
one of our young ministers who is teaching in 
Chesterfield, S. 0. The book has just been is- 
sued and Bhould be widely read. The poems on 
the Christian Life are especially commendable. 
Illustrated, 176 pages, price postpaid, SI 00 per 
copy. Address this office. 

Bro Aaron Moss, of Landess, Ind., writes 
thus: "In our previous report we gave a brief ac- 
count of our meetings, conducted by Brc. M. L. 
Hahn. He left ns Dec. 17 in good spirits. Just 
a few hours before he reached his home the next 
day, his wife took sick, and a few hours later her 
spirit took its flight. Our members and neigh- 
bors deeply sympatbiz? with him in his sad tfiiic- 
tion." 

We are indebted to 3ister Kate Johnson for the 
number of accessions to the church reported in 
the Messenger for 1894 The number is 7,109, 
or nearly 2,000 more than were reported last year. 
This is enoouraging, showing that we are making 
some progress as the years go by. Each year the 
number of accessions increases. With earnest 
efforts this number may be greatly increased dur- 
ing 1895. 

Writing from Mount Etna, lows, Bro. John 
P. Bailey says the church there has great reason 
to rejoice, The membsrB commenced meeting 
Nov. 29 and continued till Dec. 1. Then Bro. Ste- 
phen Johnson, of Nebraska, came and preached 
thirty-two sermons, which resulted in fifteen ac- 
cessions by baptism and three reclaimed. A 
feast was held on the 14th, and the meeting 
closed the next day. 

Bro. J. M. Mohler closed an interesting meet- 
ing in the new church, two miles west of North 
Manchester, Ind., Dae. 23. He preached twenty- 
seven discourses. Six were added to the church 
by confession and baptism. The members feel 
greatly revived. Bro. Bowser, of Dayton, Ohio, 
is booked for a series of meetings in the City of 
North Manchester. The meetings are probably 
in progress at this time. 

Writing from the Fairview church, Douglas 
County, Kans., Bro. J. W. B. Hylton says that 
the members composing that congregation desire 
that some efficient elder move among them. 
They have a good house of worship, and think 
their cheap lands, eta, should serve as an in- 
ducement for locating in that part of the State. 
For further particulars, address Bro, Hylton at 
McOomb, Wright County, Kane. 

Our last communication from Bro. W. B. 
Stover is dated at Bombay, India, Dec. 1. He 
says: "We are finding out slowly a good many 
facts about work among thbse people. I will 
probably have to visit several up-country mis- 
sions soon and some unoccupied fields alio, from 
which to choose. The dear missionaries coming 
after us will be spared this great task. B"t 
I do it joyfully, for the love of Jesus." 



Under date of Dec. 28 Bro. 8. N. McOana 
writes: " Oar meeting at this place, Bridgewater, 
Va., commenced Dec 3, and will close Sunday, 
the 30th. Thirty-nine have been baptized, two 
reclaimed and there are three applicants for 
baptism, and one more to be reclaimed. Oar 
Bible session at the College opens Jan. 2 and 
will continue four weeks We have the promise 
of Bro. D. L. Miller for a few daya daring the 
session, who will give us some of his excellent 
Bible talks." 

Bro L. T. Holbinger, of Indiana, has been 
doing some good work in Blair County, Pa. He 
commenced meetings in the Martinsburgh chnrch, 
Nov. 17, and continued till Dec. 7. There w*re 
seventeen accessions. From there he went to the 
adjoining church, Clover Creek, and delivered 
fifteen discourses. At this point there were 
twenty additions, making, in all, thirty-seven for 
the two meetings. This information is gleaned 
from a letter from Bro. J. G. Mock, who speakB 
very highly of Bro. Holsinger'e work. 

The aged veteran soldier of the eross, Eld. 
John Metzger, of Lordsburg, Cal, writes us that 
he was eighty-seven years old Deo, 20. A few 
days previous he traveled twenty-five miles by rail 
and rilled two appointments, morning and even- 
ing, where the Brethren had not before preached. 
On the 20th he says he picked some ripe peaches 
from his trees He seems to be bafpy, ia enjoy- 
ing good health, and expects to attend the next 
Annual MeetiDg. Long live the aged preachers 
who have done so much to advance the kingdom 1 

Sister B. W. Hays, who may be addressed at 
Eel Riper Valley, Cal., writes us of a small band 
of seven members looated in Humboldt County 
without a preacher. She thinks great good 
might be done if a preacher could be induced to 
locate among them. She speaks very highly of 
the work done in that County by Bro, P. 8. 
Myers who visited them last spring, preached 
eight sermons and baptized three. The point to 
which our sister refers is about two hundred and 
twenty-fire miles north of Sau Francisco, and 
twelve miles from the Pacific Coast. The Conn- 
ty is said to offer good inducements to those who 
wish to locate there. 

Bro. Geo. D. Zollers called on us a few hours 
last week, on his way to Naperville, where he is 
now engaged in a series of meetings. He had 
j nut closed a two weeks' meeting at s point nine 
miles northwest of Morrison, where the Brethren 
of the Bock Creek church have purchased a 
house formerly owned and used by the Metho- 
dists. The house ia in a good looality, and the 
prospect for doing a splendid work is encourag- 
ing. Bro. Zollers thinks the two recent acces- 
sions indicate an ingathering from an excellent 
class of people. 

We have just printed a new edition of the 
Brethren's Hymn Book, put up in a good, sub- 
stantial manner. The paper used is excellent 
and the print very clear. We have two styles 
of binding; arabesque, 35 cents per copy, and mo- 
rocco, 65 cents per copy. The latter, with gilt 
e, may be had for 65 cents per copy. The 
morocco binding is to be especially recommend- 
ed on account of the thin but good paper used, 
and limp binding, making a book that will stand 
pocket wear for years. It is probably the beBt 
bound hymn book we have yet published. Spe- 
cial prices on the arabesque binding in particular, 
for churches wishing to purchase in quantities 
for use in meetinghouses. We also have special 
prioes for Hymnals when purchased for the same 
purpose. Churches desiring either book in quan- 
itiea will please write us for term*. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



25 



The Special Bible Term at Mt. Morris is now 
in session. A number of ministers are with us, 
and it is to be hoped that they will find the 
coarse of instruction both pleasant and profitable. 



In one of hie letters from London, Bro. Stover 
wrote of a visit to Spurgeon's church, and of 
hesTiug Mr. Spurgeon preaeh. One of our read- 
ers writes for an explanation, saying that Mr. 
Spurgeon is dead. True, 0. H. Spurgeon died a 
few years ago, but his son is now occupying the 
father's place, and it was the young preacher that 
Bro. Stover heard. 



Please bear in mind that the Gospel Messen- 
ger is printed and mailed at Mt. Morris, 111., and 
that all communications for its pages Bhould be 
sent direct to that office to insure early attention. 
Communications mailed to the eastern office have 
to be remailed to Mt. Morris, and that causes de- 
lays. Then do not address business to any one 
connected with the cffioe, but always Brethren's 
Pnblishing Go, Mt. Morris, 111. 



We get more complimentary notes from our 
readers than we can find room for. We, howev- 
er, give this extract from a letter written by Bro. 
Salem Beery, of Kansas. He says: " On the first 
page of one issue, No. 50, I find over two hun- 
dred accessions reported. This certainly is good 
news, When the Messenger is sent out fifty 
times a year, laden with gocd news, some think 
it too high at SI 50 a year. I remarked to-day 
tint No, 50 alone was worth almost that much. 
May the paper live long and do good in the fu- 
ture as it has in the pastl " 

Bro. E. W. Stbiokleb, of Loraine, 111., who 
attended the feast at Liberty, on Christmas eve, 
writes very encouragingly concerning the feast and 
the condition of the church. While other church- 
es had their Christmas trees, our Brethren held a 
Communion service. The meeting was well at- 
tended, and the spirit good. The next day two, 
who had come ten miles for that purpose, were 
baptized, making six accessions since the feast in 
October. Oar correspondent also writes that 
Bro. I. M, Gibson is expected to hold a meeting 
id the Loraine church, sometime in February, 

We are in receipt of an interesting letter from 
Bro. 0. P. Hoovdr, now in Germany, which we 
make room for elsewhere. Ha thinks the four 
papars received the bast he has seen in many a 
That is because he t ook the time and in- 
terest in them to analyze the contents. If every 
son would analyze well what he reads, how 
much good might come from even a small amount 
of reading! Then, when one is in a foreign land, 
he dearly appreciates news from the oountry he 
has learned to love. We hope our readers will 
enjoy the future isaues of the Messenger, as did 
Brother and Bister Hoover the four numbers they 
reoeived in their German home. 



The way sister Miller's boot is selling is 
a surprise to the author and the publishers. 
We had no idea that there would be such a 
demand for it. Hundreds order the book, and 
thousands ought to have it. In fact it should 
be in every family where there are children or 
young people. Even the old people read it with 
delight. They know that sister Miller has visited 
Bible Lauds and other countries, and are 
anxtons to know what a woman has to say about 
what may be aeon in these lands. ThoBe who 
have not Bent in their orders should do so soon, 
as these long winter nighta afford plenty of time 
for reading. Price, $1.00, postage paid by us. 
Address, Brethren's Publishing Company. 



Some of the c'aurcheB took np collections on 
ChristmaB for the benefit of some worthy cause. 
Their course is to be commended. This is what 
we call giving giftB unto the Lard. We hope to 
hear of many congregations falling into line with 
this practice by another year. 



During the last week of 1894 the greater pari 
of the United States was vieited by a coid wave of 
a very peculiar Dature. It swept over tbe West, 
and visited all parts of the South and the East- 
ern Stater. In Texas the mercury fell far below 
freezing. Even the orange groves of Florida 
were severely damaged. Great bodies of snow 
covered some of the Southern States. In New 
York the snow drifted from six to ten feet, while 
in Northern Illinois the ground remained bare, 
and the weather, excepting a few days, almost ag 
delightful as autnmn, up to Jan. 2 



Some days ago Bro. G. J. Fercken and wife, of 
Sprague, Washington, came to Mt. Morris for 
the purpose of becoming better acquainted with 
the Brethren, and to be received into the 
church. After being duly inotruoted in our faith 
and practice, they made application for mem- 
bership and were baptized last Wednesday. Bro. 
Fercken was born and raised in Asia Minor, was 
educated in the Arabic, Greek and French lan- 
guages, spent a number of years in the Oriental 
world as the interpreter of languages, also resided 
several ;> ears in Smyrna, and has served ten years 
as an Episcopalian minister in the United StateB. 
He and his wife heard of the Brethren seme 
months ago, investigated their claims to Primi- 
tive Christianity, became convinced that they 
occupy Gospel grounds and are now numbered 
among us. Bro. Feroken is now in his fortieth 
year, and we trust the change in church relations 
will prove pleasant and to the forth erance of the 
Master's cause. 



BIBLE N0RHAL3 

Will you please s-ate, through the Messenger, your 
views on the following: Since so many of our ministers are 
elected after their advantages of obtaining an education are 
past, and many have not the means nor time to attend any 
of our colleges; and since we are to preach the Word, and 
cannot preach and teach what we do not know, why not 
have a Bible Normal of two or four weeks held In each State 
District during the winter every year? We have just closed 
such a school, and feel that we need another one next year 
In Southern Ohio. Conference requests churches to fur- 
nish poor ministers with suitable books for study, but a few 
weeks of normal study each winter would far excel private 
study. Please answer soon. H. M. Barwick. 

West Alexandria, Ohio 

While a oollege education 1b, by no means, ab- 
solutely necessary in order to qualify one to 
preach the Gospel with success, it is nevertheless 
a great help to any minister who will make a 
wise use of it. But a preaoher ought to at least 
understand his own mother tongue so as to be 
able to express himself impressively and under- 
standing!^ Words are tools, and if any person 
in the world should understand the proper use 
of the tools, employed for work on the mind and 
soul, the minister should. The writers of the 
New Testament selected their words with great 
care, and it should be the purpose of every min- 
ister to strive for the highest attainment possible 
in this direction. The man who has the ability 
to employ his words with skill and force is in 
possession of a power that ie of great value to 
any cause that can command his servioes. So, 
while we do not regard a oollege eduoation as an 
absolute necessity for a minister, still we recom- 
mend it, and at the same time urge the necessity 
of a good knowledge of our own language. Let 
those who can, procure a college education, and 



those who cannot, let them be contented to do 
the best they can with their limited attainments. 

Concerning a Bible Normal, once a year, in 
each State District, we believe great good might 
result from it, if propsrly conducted and managed. 
We do not see why an institution of tho kind 
might not be connected with our Ministerial 
Meetings, and managed by a Committee on Pro- 
gram, appointed by the District Meeting to start 
with, and continued by the Ministerial Meeting 
proper. 

Saeh Bible Normal?, however, should be con- 
ducted in perfect accord with the principles 
embraced by the Brotherhood, and be presided 
over by brethren skilled in the Word and the 
art of teaching, and also such as are in fall sym- 
pathy with the faith and practioe of our people. 
In connection with a general knowledge of the 
Bible,— for only a general knowledge can be ac- 
quired in so brief a time,— special attention 
should be given to the doctrinal questions so es- 
sential to our principles. A neglect here, in a 
Bible Normal, would be a very serious defect. 
There should be at least one skillfully-managed 
class in doctrine. Then nothing should be intro- 
duced in the way of rendering programs and oth- 
er exeroiseB that would jaopardize our principle*, 
or prove offensive to prudent and well-meaning 
members. 

The moat that any of these Bible Normals can 
do is to stimulate, teach good methods of study, 
and give a general outline of Bible knowledge 
and a fair understanding of doctrinal principles. 
The minister must do his best studying at home. 
Here he should have his hours for study, and 
the few books needed. The average minister 
does not need many books, but he should Btudy 
well those he has. But after all, the Bible is 
the book for the preacher. Its history, its grand 
moral principles, its dectrine, its geogiaphy, its 
great variety of other matters, and its charming 
language, well and carefully studied at home 
and in the field, will make of any ordinary min- 
ister a workman that needeth not be ashamed. 

And while Bible Normals may prove a great 
help to those who cannot well go far from home, 
atill those who can spare the time will find much 
better facilities for acquiring knowledge in the 
Speoial Bible Terms held at our schools than can 
possibly be had in the Bible Normals. For this 
reason we would urge all who can do so, to attend 
one of the Special Bible Terms held and con- 
ducted in connection with our schools. Here 
you are likely to acquire methods of study, get 
an inspiration, and come in contact with minds 
that will prove very helpful to any minister. 

J. H M. 



THE F00K FUND. 



Since our last report in No. 50, of 1894, the 
following amounts have been received for the 
purpose oE sending the Messenger to the poor: 



George D, Rcyer, Iowa 

D. F. Lcpley, Pa., . . 
Sally Deardojf, Ohio, 
jos. J. Bccghly, Ohio 
Mary lSecghly, Ohio, . 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



January 8, 1895. 



THE SNOW ON MARS. 



Mars ia one of the planets in onr solar system 
and in appearance greatly resembles the earth, 
though it is not so large, being a little less than 
six thousand mileB in diameter. This planet is 
receiving much attention from astronomers, and 
we hope some day to learo more concerning it 
than is now known. The following we clip from 
a late issne of the Scientific American. It will 
prove interesting reading: 

11 Among the most interesting observations of 
Mars during the recent opposition were those re- 
lating to the gradual disappearance of the snow 
cap surrounding its southern pole. The disap- 
pearance was due, of course, to the fact that it 
was summer in the southern hemisphere of Mars, 
and the polar snows melted more and more rapid- 
ly as the sun rose higher upon them. Tet, 
although the reason was plain, and because it was 
plain, one conld not watch the prooess without 
experiencing a strange feeling that amounted al- 
most to awe. It is quite eaBy to think dispas- 
sionately of the possibility that some things may 
go on in other worlds jnst as they do in this one 
as long as your eyes have not confirmed what is 
in yonr mind ; but when peering through a tele- 
scope, you actually behold such occurrences, the 
effect is startling. It is like coming suddenly in 
broad daylight upon the ecenery of B dream. 

" On the 1st of June the anow around the south 
pole of Mars was about 2,100 miles aoross. A 
snow cap of proportionate dimensions on the earth 
would, in the northern hemisphere, extend as far 
■onth as St. Petersburg, the southern point of 
Greenland, and Mount St. Elias, in Alaska. By 
the 1st of July the diameter of the snowy ar6a had 
diminished to about 1,600 miles. On the 1st of 
August it was only 1,100 miles, and on the 31st 
of August, the date of the summer solstice in the 
southern hemisphere of Mars, the snow cap was 
but 500 miles acroeo. But heat accumulatea in a 
Martian aummer after the euu has begun tp de- 
cline, just as it does upon the earth, and accord- 
ingly the melting of the snows continued after 
the solstice was passed. At the end of September 
the diameter of the snow-covered region was only 
abont 350 miles, and at the opening of November 
it was less than 200 miles. 

" Now comes a curious feet About the middle 
of October it was reported that the polar snow 
cap of Mars had vanished; some of the most 
powerful telescopeB failed to reveal a trace of itl 



ELDERS IN COUNCIL-MEETING. 

As the success of the great cause largely depends upon 
church government properly administered, therefore we ask 
the following: Is It not best for the promotion of the peace 
and prosperity of a congregation, for elders at council-meet- 
ings, after a case has been Investigated, to give their mind as 
to how It should be decided before the members are called on 
to vote? And have any members a right to object to a vote 
being taken, after such a speech has been made, until elders, 
who In their estimation are Impartial, are called in? 

A Brother. 

The elder who presides at a council ought not 
to take an active part in discussing any question 
before the meeting. If at any time he becomes 
convinced that the church is likely to deoide a 
question, by vote, contrary to the general usages 
of the chnrch, it then becomes his duty, before 
the vote is taken, to carefully, and in a fatherly 
manner, instruct the members concerning the 
teaohings of the Gospel, as generally understood 
by our people, on that particular subjaot. While 
he Bhould never threaten, or do anything to in- 
timidate the members in the least, he ought to, at 
the proper time, inform them that, should the 



church decide any qaestion contrary to the plain 
teachinga of the Gospel, as well as the general 
usagea of the church, it beoomes his duty to re- 
port the church to the adjoining eldera. 

After he has made his apeaoh— and he Bhould 
never make a speech along this line unless it is 
really necessary — ho should then allow any mem- 
ber to reply to it before the vote is taken to that 
h6 cannot be accused of taking undue advantage 
of the chnrch. And if he kindly allowa this priv- 
) no member has the right to object to the 
vote being taken. Bat if the elder presiding 
pereistB in having the last speech, and in that 
way tries to inflaenoe the church, and beoomes a 
party in the discussion, then a member has a 
right to file an objection and stop the proceedings 
until an impartial elder, or elders, can be secured 
to preside while the qaestion is being decided. 

Any elder has a right t j instruct his congrega- 
tion concerning ita duties and privileges at any 
time he deems it necesBary, and no one has a 
right to acouse him of partiality when he, in a 
becoming manner, warns tho church of dangers 
that she ia likely to run into by deciding a ques- 
tion contrary to the general usages of the 
Brotherhood. Of course there is a right way and 
a wrong way to do this. It can be done in a de- 
liberate and fatherly way without any appearance 
of lording it over God's heritage. A prudent 
elder will always labor to keep the church in 
front of him and strive to be its oonsecrated ser- 
vant instead of its master. 

Concerning the elders present who do not pre- 
side, S3 well as the other officers, they ehonld take 
their chances with the other members in present- 
ing their views to the ohnroh, and in thia respeot 
not asscme the appearance of authority above 
that of the laity. In a council-meeting every 
member ia presumed to be equally interested, and 
each one has a right to take part so long as he 
oondacts himself in a becoming manner. 

The leading object of any council meeting 
should be to conduct business in a becoming and 
Ohristiau-like manner, and do the fair thing by ev- 
ery member present, and give ail an equal chance. 
But above ali things, the elder in charge should 
not become a party in questions r n which the 
chnrch is divided. He is the elder of the whole 
congregation, and should be a trusted father to 
erery member in his oharge. And if he eonducle 
himself wisely, yet firmly, he is not likely to be 
accused of much partiality, though he may, some- 
time in course of events, have to report his church 
to adjoining elders. J. H. M 



Notes from Our Correspondents. 



unlry." 

Indiana County, Fa.— Bro, H. Beer was with us 
in Indiana Town, and held a aeriea of meetings 
which commenced the evening of Nov. £9, and 
ended Dee. 5. Tsvo were added by baptism, and 
othera will be gathered in due season, if our 
brethren will help ua to carry on the good work. 
The community was sorry to see him leave. — 
Charlotiie Jacoby, Dec. 10. 

Pleasant View, Va.— This part of our congregation 
belongs to what ia known as the Flat Rock 
chnrch. Our esteemed brother, Jos. Kagey, of 
Dayton, Va., came to us Nov. 10, and continued 
to labor for ua each night until the 25ih. The 
members feel much encouraged by the zeat he 
manifested, as well aa the efforts he put forth, 
Aa an immediate result, eight were received by 
; baptism. They were all young,— B. W. Neff. 



Fredonia, Eans — The members of the Fredonia 
chnrch, Kana,, met on Thanksgiving Day for 
services, after which there was a missionary ool. 
lection held, in which two dollars and sixty cents 
waa received.— Charles Horner, Dec. 13. 

Cottage Grove, lad.— Onr meetinga are now a 
thing of the past and may be looked upon as a 
snecess. The visible results are three baptizad 
and one reclaimed. The invisible results can on- 
ly be estimated by God Almighty, but we have 
reason to believe the chnrch was much built up. 
Eld. J. W. Bairick held forth the Word in ita 
primitive purity, and we welcome him sgain at 
the earlieat opportunity.— E. M. Cobb. 

Osage Clmrcb, Hans. — This churoh met in quarter- 
ly council Dec, 8 The memberahip waa well 
repreaented. The work was done in a Christian 
manner. Four members were received by letter 
and three letters were granted. Bro. Salem 
Beery waa eleoted Sunday school Superintendent. 
Bro. Joseph Glick ia now preaohing for ua. He 
is laboring hard for the Master's cause and is 
calling on sinners to come home. — Pink Wolfe, 
Monmouth, Kans. 

Washington, D. 0. — One more baa been reoeived 
by baptism and two by letter, five in all Bince Oct, 
1, and othera are expected sood. If we could on- 
ly have our own churchhouse, I feel we conld 
soon make a great ohange. I still trnst that onr 
dear mother (the church) will soon provide a 
home for her poor child, shivering and Buffering 
for want of a house. Surely, if mother has the 
money she will have love enough to give it. — W. 
M. Lyon, Dec. 17. 

Oando, N. Dak.— I expect to start to Indiana Deo. 
24 and will viait among the brethren in Carroll, 
Clinton, Miami, Cass, Wabash, Elkhart, St. Jo- 
seph, Marshall and other Counties during the 
winter. My correapondents will Bddreaa me at 
Oando, N. Dik., as mail will be forwarded to me. 
We had a vary pleasant onnncil- meeting yester- 
day. The dear membera all seemed to be in good 
spirits We are spending a pleasant winter so 

T.—A. B. Peters, Dec. 16. 

Hiddlo River Church, Va.— Dec 9 the series of meet- 
inga here closed. We had very pleasant meet- 
ings, good attendance and interest. At the clcae 
the large houae was filled to overflowing. Two 
precious aoula were baptized. We arrived home 
n the 12 :h, at 2 P. M , and the same evening the 
aeries of meetings commenced in New Carlisle, 
Ohio. Bro. D. L Miller is now giving ua aome 
of his interesting Bible talks. We have large at- 
tendance and good interest. — Henry Frantz, For- 

I, Ohio, Dec. 15. 

Portia, Kans.— I have jaat returned from a mis- 
sion of love amongst our isolated members of the 
south part of Oiborne County, where I met Bro. 
Jacob Harnish and had one week'a meetinga with 
orowded house and good attention. There were 
no additions, but we believe some were not far 
from the kingdom. Saturday, Dec. 15, I went 
northwest abont ten miles over Sunday, while 
Bro. Jacob went northeast. We again had good 
attention, with request to oontinue the meetings. 
— Leicis Lerew, Dec. 18. 

Chapman Creek Church, Eans.— Our aeries of meet- 
ings closed Deo. 9 with increasing interest. Oar 
dear brother, 0. H. Brown, of Mound City, Mo., 
oame among us Nov. 20 and commenced meeting 
the same evening and remained with na till the 
above date, He preached twenty-four aoul- 
atirring sermona. Seven precious soula came out 
on the Lord's aide and were buried with Christ 
in baptism. Oar brother returned to his home 
in Missouri after leaving us. — J. S. Baumbaugh, 
Moonlight, Kana., Dec. 16. 



January 8, 1895. 



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Crooked CreoB, Iowa. -Bro. 8 F. Brower came __ 
ns Deo. 8 and remained until the 20tb. He held 
forth the Word with power. The attention and 
attendance were good. There were no accessions 
to the church. This chnrch is few in number 
but we feel encouraged to press on in the line of 
dnty. — Jennie B. Senger, Dec 20, 

To the Poor.— If any poor members who aro will- 
ing to use the Messenger seoond-handed, will 
send their address to Lena Wieand, of Madison- 
bnrgh, Wayne Co, Ohio, she will have the 
paper sent to them. Also if others know of per- 
sons who should read the Messesgeb, and will 
send the address of such, they will be supplied 
Lena M. Wieand, Madisonburgh, Ohio. 

Franklin County, Va.— Oar meetings closed at 
Blackwater Obapel, Franklin Co., Vs., D:C 16. 
We were blessed with good weather exoepting 
two nights, just in the midst of the interest. 
After that we were again greeted by large crowds. 
Three were bapfcd, one restored, and there is 
one applicant. This chnrch ia in the limits of 
the Bethlehem congregation, but somewhat isolat- 
ed. There are some z ;alous brethren in this con- 
gregation. Bro. Daniel Peters, the senior elder, 
is a faithful worker. — C. D. Hylton. 



Bnrbank, Ohio. — On the evening of D;c 3 Bro. 
Keuben Shroyer met with the Brethren of the 
Mohican church and preached each evening and a 
number of times in daytime until the evening of 
Deo. 17. Bro. Reuben is not afraid to tell the 
story of the Bible in its primitive purity. Nine, 
teen souls were made willing to forsake sin and 
the sinful pleasures of the world, and to accept 
Christ as their leader. This church has had its 
share of trouble in the past, but a brighter future 
is before us.— Silas Weidman. Deo 21. 



Special Hotice to tke members of Sootbein Okio.-W 
your committee on "Old Folks' Home," are now 
ready to receive any information as to your pur- 
ples and desires ia reference to aiding the good 
work by way of bequests, donations, etc , and we 
woe these interested in the good work to press 
the work forward at once, so that the committee 
may be able to make a favorable report of the 
av-sikbU'ineaas in sight to next District Meeting. 
(See Minutes of District Meeting 189i. )~Joh,i 
H. Brumbaugh, Corresponding Secretary, Clay- 
ion, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Dec., 21 

Hewport, Hebr.-I spent one week visiting and 
preaching the Gospel in Cherry Oonnty, where 
we have seven members. Oar doctrino was new 
when 6rat introduced h*re. Some were offended 
and would hear ns no more Others, moro noble, 
searched the Scriptures. At the last visit we had 
larger meetings with better interest than ever be- 
fore. From there I came to Eoek Oonnty and 
found the few members in good health, but they 
are dissatisfied with the very sandy soil and are 
looking for some better country to move to. 
Here I held three meetings with good interest. 
This closes my missionary labors in the Northwest 
until the opening of nixtBpring.— Jesse Y. Heck- 
ler. Dec 14. 



Va.— Bro. 0. D. Hylton came to the 
Blackwater Chapel Dec. 4 and began preaching 
the same evening and continued till the evening 
of the 16th. The general teatiment of the com- 
munity was that we hod a very good meeting 
though only four united with ns, — three by bap- 
tism and one reclaimed. There is one applicant. 
Others seem to be almost peranaded. We thiok 
the Gospel was presented with power, though in 
a simple and plain manner. We have every 
reason to believe that the chnrch at this place 
has been greatly benefit e 3— Jsrmc Bowman, Dec. 
17. 

Boonsboro, Hid.— This chnrch closed her series of 
meetings to-day with good interest and attendance 1 ? 
Two souls came ont on the Lord's side and others 
said they would soon come. Still others confessed 
that they should do better, but are waiting for a 
more convenient time. We had nineteen meet- 
ings and stood the work much better than we had 
expected. The Lord be praised for his goodness 
and aid in our labors! It was thought we closed 
too soon. Bro. John Grabill, of Lancaster 
Oonnty, Pa., and Bro. James Hutchison, of Tal- 
bot County, Md., a brother of Bro. Andrew 
Hutchison, came to ns and aided na over Lord's 
Day.— Isaac Baito, Dec. 17. 

DanvHe, Oblo.— Bro. Qaincy LBckrone came to 
ns Nov. 16 and began meetiags in the Valley 
house on the evening of the 17th. He continued 
his much appreciated labors until the 27th, at 
which time Bro. D. L. Miller arrived and com- 
Imeneed his very interesting Bible Land talks at 

■ the North Bend house and oontinned till Sunday 

■ evening, Dec. 2. Bro. Leckrone continued the 

■ meetings at North Bend until Friday evening. 
IDec. 7 Bro. Miller gave one leotnre in Gambier 
phile with us. The meetings were all well attend- 
|ed and the best cf interest prevailed. During 
Ithese meetings five made the good confession and 
pere baptized.-C. J. Workman. 



Bnnsmel Pa.— Bro. D. H. Walker began a series 
oE meetings at Greenland house, Shade Greek 
congregation, Nov. 24, and continued natil Dec. 9. 
Bight were added hy baptism and many others 
'mpreesed with earnest appeals made by Bro. 
Walker, which, we do hope, will produce abundant 
frnit in the near future. Meetings were largely 
attended aad attention very good. I closed a 
series of meetings at Bolivar, Pa,, Garfield house, 
with one addition by baptism. The attendance 
was good considering the unfavorable weather. 
I think impressions were made that will produce 
fruit in tbe future. This church is in need of a 
good, faithful minister. I pray that the Lord 
may open a way to Bupply this place with a min- 
ister, well established in the doctrine. Daniel 
Ho^sopple, Die 18. 

SalamoDie Ohurcu, Ind — Bro. I. M. Gibson com- 
menced a series of meetings for us in the Loon 
Oreek house, of the Salamonie church, Hunting- 
ton Oo, Ind., Nov. 25, and preached until the 
30th, when he was suddenly called away, bnt re- 
turned Dee. 1 and pleached until the evening of 
the 9ih. Daring the series he preached several 
doctrinal sermons, gave several Bible readings, 
snd closed with a Iectnre on infidelity. The at. 
tendance was good from the beginning, except on 
a few rainy nights. A few nights we could not 
seat all. The Word was preached with power and 
the interest was good. The members were much 
encouraged and strengthened. We pray and be- 
lieve that the seed sown will yet produce fruit to 
the glory of God and the salvation of souls. — A. 
H. Sr.cicbsrger, Huntington, Ind, Dec. 18. 

Sheldon, Iowa. — I am free to say to you, as a 
word of encouragement, that the Messenger un- 
der its present management, ia one of the leading 
papers now in circulation. I noticed as I left 
Sheldon, May 15, for Annual Meeting at Meyers- 
dale, Pa , that all along when the newsboy came 
to distribute the last mail the Messenger was al- 
ways first to be read. For this reason I would 
urge every brother and sister in our great Broth- 
erhood to read the Messenger. It is always 
brimful of the beBt reading. If we can't all give 
onr children farms and banks, we are all rich 
enough to have the Messenger brought every 
week to onr homes for the small sum of $1.50 for 
one year. This, I consider, is worth mere to our 
children in the end, than a farm or a bank. 
Bring up a child in the way it should go, and it 
will never depart. — Tobias Meyers, Dec. 20. '• 



Tie Work in Washington Cily. -Considerable has 
been said of late in the Messenger concerning 
the building of a meetinghouse in the City of 
Washington, the capital of onr nation. Just 
think of it, brethren and sisters, we ought to 
have a house there, and all that is necessary is to 
go to work, put onr shoulders to tbe wheel and 
stand together. Let us have a house there, and 
teach the great and noble that pure and nndefiled 
religion, ns taught by the Savior, and practiced 
by the apostles. Surely we have five thousand 
brethren who can pay fivo dollars each and not 
miss HI Some can gire more and some perhaps 
less, but lot ns all do something, and show to the 
world that we feel an interest in the salvation of 
all men. Let us not delay this matter, bnt let ns 
show onr faith by our works— D. D. Horner, 
Jones' Mills, Pa., Die. 20. 

Hill Creek Congregation, Va.— Bro. P. 8. Miller, 
from Roanoke, came to ns Nov. 25 with the in- 
tention of soliciting for the Washington ohurch- 
house, and he also gave us seven interesting ser- 
mons, and two at Mountain Grove. He preaohed 
for ns on Thanksgiving Day a sermon which 
ought to be long remembered by us all. We 
were made to feel with willing hearts to help 
those sufferers in the far West. We have started 
oat several subscriptions to raise funds for those 
ia want. Bro. Miller has now gone baok to the 
Valley congregation, Augusta County, to get 
through with his unfinished work there. I feel 
happy to say that his work is prospering. I was 
with him soliciting two days. He is encouraged 
in his work. He also Bold a copy of " The Seven 
Churches of Asia " at nearly every honse where 
wo stopped.— H. E. Barshbarger, Good's Mill, 
Va., Dec 8 



Beaver Creek, Va.— This congregation held two 
Thanksgiving meetings, one at the Beaver Oreek 
house, the other at Emmannel's chnrch, with fair 
congregations. At the latter place, after the 
brethren pointed out the many things for which 
we should be thankful, and especially the abun- 
dance with which we are blessed whilst others 
are destitute, we held a collection, which resulted 
in a donation of S7 00 for Gospel Messenger 
poor fund, and S5.25 for Washington City church- 
house. Last Friday was our quarterly oonncil at 
Beaver Creek. Oar solicitors for the Western snf. 
ferers reported §43.15 collected. We also decid- 
ed t» improve the manner of holding our councils 
by adopting the method given in the Brethren's 
Ohurch Manual. Hope we may make it a suc- 
cess 1 We have just closed an interesting series 
of meetings at Emmanuel's ohurch, of which our 
new correspondent will give a report.—!?. W. 
Wine, Oliobv'e, Va., Dec. 17. 

Arcadia, Hobr.— Bro. O. Hope came to us Nov. 7 
and held meetings night and day for one week. 
Then he went south of Arcadia, where he 
preached in Danish and English until Nov. 26. 
Bro. Nelson came to ns Nov. 22 Brethren Hope 
and Nelson and tbe writer then started for Custer 
Oonnty, — a distance of thirty-five miles, where we 
met with the members of the Muddy Valley 
church. Here we had three meetings. Nov. 28 
we, in company with brethren MoOrea and May, 
started for Oconto, Nebr. Here brethren Hope 
and Nelson preached in Danish and Bro. McCrea 
preaohed at the schoolhouse in the Upper Wood 
River church. On our return we stopped at, 
what was called, Ash Creek. Dec. 2 Bro. McCrea 
preaohed at 10 o'clock in a sod schoolhouse. At 
2 o'clock he was requested to preach at a private 
honse to a fair congregation. In the audience 
was an old blind lady, eighty-four years old. 
Bro. Hope preaohed at 7 P. M. at the sod school- 
honse on baptism. To some it was the first ser- 
mon by the Brethren. — D. M. Boss, Dec. 20. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



January 8, 1895 



Bonnl Hope, Oklahoma.— This ohnrob has been 
holding a aeries of meetings for two weeks. 
Three have oome out on the Lord's side. They 
show by their aotions that they want to live a 
Christian life. Much good may be done by the 
home ministry if they will make an effort. We 
hope before the close of the meetings that more 
may oome ont on the Lord's side and be saved.— 
E. L Brubakcr, Deo. 13. 

Tempo, Ariz.— Wife and I attended the oonncil at 
Glendale, which took plaoe Deo 1. Everything 
passed off in the fear of the Lord. We had meet- 
ing the same evening, and every evening dnring 
the week nntil the 8th, the time agreed npon for 
the Oommnnion. We met for the occasion at 4 
P. M. By seven the feast was over. We met 
the next day at eleven o'olock and in the evening. 
—P. J. Eisenbise, Dec. 17. 

Yale, Iowa.— The meetings, commenced hei e Nov. 
19 and oondnoted by Eld. Jacob Witmore, closed 
Dec. 20. It was indeed a refreshing season for 
the members in and aronnd Yale. We had 
splendid weather, good roads and large oongrega- 
tionB. The best of attention was paid to the 
preached Word, which waa given us in its purity, 
in plain terms, easily understood. There was no 
unoertain sound to it. The doctrine of the Breth- 
ren, which is the doctrine of the Bible, was plain- 
ly set before the people, One dear sister oame 
ont and accepted Ohrist, and another dear sister 
that had wandered away from the fold, returned. 
— Jos. L. Myers, Dec. 24. 

Wabasb, Ind. — Bro. J. M. Lair, of Mexico, Ind., 
commenced a series of meetings at the Wabash 
church Dec. 8, with good attendance and good in- 
terest. He has been preaching each evening and 
several timeB during the day. On Sunday, Dec. 
16, we had the largest funeral ever held at thiB 
church. The house was crowded to the utmost 
and many were outside. It waa one of the sad- 
dest funerals we ever attended. The departed 
ones were two young men, brothers, aged, re- 
spectively, eighteen and twenty years. To- 
morrow, Christmas, Bro. Lair will close the meet- 
ings. So far three have been baptized and there 
are two applicants. — Joel W. Brubaker, Dec. 24 

Talent, Oregon.— Wife and I returned home with 
safety Dec. 13. We had a pleasant trip, being 
kindly received and well treated while absent. 
We attended seventeen meetings and one council- 
meeting. We held meetings in Marion and 
Clackamas Counties and a small meeting at the 
residence of sister E, Boggs, Portland, Oregon. 
What the result of our effortB will be the Lord 
only knows. We enjoyed good health on our 
trip and are still as well as persons of our age 
may expect to be. We have had a remarkably 
pleasant fall, here in Jaokson County, — :-xcellent 
roads nntil the last two weeks. After that we 
had considerable rain, but mild weather and but 
very little cold weather. Thus far the health 
here, generally, is good.— David Brower, Dec 19. 
midland, Ta.— Nov. 16 Bro. Andrew Chambers, 
one of our home ministers, commenced a series 
of meetings in the Cannon Branch schoolhouEe, 
and continued till Nov. 25. He preached the 
Word with mnoh earnestness, and two, — a man 
and his wife, — were baptize! The brother had 
for many years been a member of the Methodist 
church. Deo. 1 Bro. Chambers commenced meet- 
ings in the Valley honse, where he preached un 
til Dec. 11. Here three came out on tho Lord's 
side. Thanksgiving servioes were held in the 
Midland honse and Cannon Branch schoolhouse. 
Collections were taken np at these meetings for 
the Western sufferers. Brethren Maust and 
Just, of Somerset County, Pa., are here now, 
looking for homes.— J. E. Blou/jh, Manassas, 
Va., Dee. 19. 



Oedar Lake Ohorcu, Ind.— Deo. 6 was the time of 
our love feast, and it was a feaBt indeed, Minis- 
ters present were Eld, Jeremiah Gump, of the 
Pleasant Hill church, I. L Berkey, of Eock Ran, 
Bro. Shrock, of English Prairie, and Bro. Wehr- 
ley, of Pigeon B/.ver. All seemed to feel that it 
was good to be there.— J. H. Elson, Fairfield 
Ce7iter, Ind. 

Woodland, III.— Oar meetings which we have all 
been enjoying for tho past month have closed. 
Bro. Michael Flary, of Girard, 111., was with us 
two weeks at the Mfc. Pleasant church, and two 
weeks at Woodland. We had pleasant weather, 
a laTge attendance and good interest. Twenty 
pr6oious souls came out on tho Lord's side and 
were buried with Ohrist in baptism ; also one dear 
old brother who had strayed away came back to 
the fold. The Ministerial Meeting, held Nov. 28 
and 29, was well attended and proved to be an in- 
teresting meeting for us all. Our quarterly coun- 
cil was held Dec. 5. Business was disposed of 
in a pleasant manner. Twenty-seven have united 
with the church since October. We have great 
reason to thank the Lord. — Lyiia Walter, 
Die IS. 

Pleasant Valley, Va.— Our church seems to be in 
a prosperous condition. "Wo commenced a aeries 
of meet'ngs at the Dulaney schoolhouse, about 
three miles east of our church, on Friday night, 
Nov. 30, and continued nntil Dec, 8, holding 
eleven meetings in all. Seven were baptized and 
one more made application to become a member. 
Besides, we believe the members W6re equally 
benefited. The home ministers did the preach- 
ing. On Friday night, Dec. 7, the brethren com- 
menced meetings at the Beedsville schoolhouse, 
a short distance south of the ohurch, and contin- 
ued until the night of the 14th, holding eleven 
meetings in all. Seventeen were baptized and 
one more made application. These meetings 
e conducted by the home ministers, assisted 
some of the Brick church brethren. — S. P. 
Seed, Dulaney, Floyd ft>., Va, Dec. IS. 

Waterloo, Iowa.— Dec 17 we closed our meetings 
in Marshall County, Iowa, with an awakening in. 
terest. The few members, living near where wt 
were preaohing last, are arranging to build a 
church which is much needed in thtir midst, 
Dec. 19 we started for Waterloo, where we found 
brethren E. S. Young and J. K Miller b 
ranging for their "Bible Norma'" We spent 
four days with them very profitably. Ten years 
ago Bro. E. S. and I Bpent nine months to- 
gether in a Bible school at Lexington, Ky, 
was mnch pleased to see that Bro. Young's sys- 
tem, methods and applications of Bible study are 
now far in advance of what they were ten years 
ago. There are more than one hundred scholars 
enrolled at Waterloo. He who misses snoh an 
opportunity of ten days' oonseorated Bible study, 
cannot realize how much he loses.— J. E. Young. 



collection was taken up for the Washington 
churchhonse; also one for Western sufferers, 
89.64 was collected for the Washington ohuroh. 
house, and S1.25 for the destitute in the West. 
One waa taken into churoh fellowship by baptism 
on the 8th. We meet once every week for singing, 
ainoe we received the New Song Book, We like 
it very much. We are trying to improve in sing, 
ing as best we can. Singing schools with us were 
so long negleoted that it will be quite a while be- 
fore we can sing as we ought to. 

Levi Zumbbun. 
Dec. 19. ^ 

From Cerro Gordo, 111. 

January 7, 1894, the young members of the 
Cerro Gordo church organized a Young People's 
Meeting to meet every Snnday afternoon to en- 
gage in the worship of God, and for the special 
benefit o! the new converts, that they, as well 
older members, might learn to work for Ohrist, 
thereby developing their talents for higher duties 
in his service. This movement grew out of the 
belief that the only way " to grow in grace, and 
in the knowledge of onr Lord and Savior Jesus 
Ohrist," 2 Pater 3: 18, is to exercise the ability 
he has given us. While we greatly enjoy these 
meetings, we do not forget these who are not bo 
favorably situated. Several collections have 
been taken for charitable purposes, $9 70 has 
been donated to the Chicago Mission and S9 to 
the Western sufferers. E E. Bubgeb. 

Cerro Go-do, III , D:c 19. 



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Hs7"ChEich Hews solicited lot tills Department, L! yen have sMl i 
f : :3 meeting, teed a report ol tt, to that g'.heii may rejoice with yon 
In writing give nan;e ol churca, Connry and Slats, Be brlel Notes 
fizve! should oe as ihori as ocaelb'c. Land Ade ertlgements are not 80 
Utftcd 101 thU Department. V7t have an advertising page, and. II news 
.*'->. will Issue supplements. 



From Slue River, Ind 

We held our fourth and last quarterly oonncil, 
Dec. 1. Not many were present. Our elder was 
also absent, being called away. We made ararnge- 
ments for holding a aeries of meetings in the near 
fntnre. Bro. Peter Stuckman, of Nappauee, Ind., 
is to do the preaching. We also had meeting on 
Thanksgiving Day. Eld. Leonard Hyre preached 
a very good thanksgiving sermon, after which a 



From West Milton, Ohio, 

Our series of meetings at our central house (8a. 
lem church) closed on the evening of the 16th, 
with a large congregation. Bro. Andrew Hntch- 
i,oa dil the preac'iiij, with the exception of 
three a9rmons, which were delivered by the home 
ministers, our brother not being well enough to 
be at the services. At this writing he is atill not 
well enough to be out, but is being kindly cared 
for by the family of Bro. Flory. His preaching 
was highly appreciated by all and we were very 
sorry that the meetings could not be continued 
longer. He goes from here to the Beaver Creek 
distriot in which is located the East Dayton 
church, where he is expected to do some preach- 
ing also. He intends coming back to us again be- 
fore he leaves the Valley, and preach for us at 
Weet Milton, where he was to have preached 
this time. Ab an immediate result of the meet- 
ing, five precious souls were led into "Stillwater" 
and baptized. Jesse R. Bbumbaugh. 

Union, Ohio, Dec. 18. 

From Goodland, Sherman Co, Kans, 

I wish to acknowledge through the Messenger 
that we hava received S13 from the Fairview 
church, Appanoose Co., Iowa, for the relief of 
the Western sufferers. We tender onr grateful 
thanks to the generous-hearted brethren and 
siatera of the Fairview churoh, Our dear Bro. 
Samuel Studebaker, from Pearl City, 111,, is here 
at this time with a car load of provisions which 
is being distributed with great precaution and 
according to the instructions of our dear Bro, A. 
M. Dickey, of MoPheraon, Kans,, who was here 
a few days, looking over the field of the destitute, 
It is bringing joy and comfort to many distressed 
hearts. If we could picture to the minds of the 
readers of the Messengeb all the evidences of 
gratitude that we have seen and heard this week, 
while we were assisting Bio. Samuel Studebaker 
in distributing the clothing and provisions that 
were contributed by the dear brethren, sister' 
andfrienda, of Pearl City, 111., there would b» 
more cheerful givers. 



Jsnnary8, 1896. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



While the brethren were here laboring very 
hard throngh the day to anpply our temporal 
wants they also labored earnestly atjnight preach- 
ing, so that onr sonls were abundantly fed with 
the hidden manna of God's love. Surely we have 
had double reason to rc-joioe and be thankful to 
the great God of heaven and earth, and we desire 
to thank the brethren and sisters and friends, of 
Pearl City and vicinity for whit sacrifice they 
have made in so nobly administering to our 
necessities. Bro. A. M. Dickey left here Dec, 14 
for his home and Bro. Sainnel Studebaker 
followed a load of clothing and provisions over- 
land to Bird City, Cheyenne Oo., Ksns. We 
will get throngh distributing in a few more dajs 
and will bring present relief to something near 
one thousand sonls. John F. Cline. 

Dec 15. ______ 

From Eastern Shore of Maryland. 

I was called by Bro. James A. Hutohieon, of 
Talbot County, Md., to hold Thanksgiving 
services at the Fairview church and I am «lad to 
report that we had a pleasant meeting with quite 
fair attendance and attention. As the services 
were new to them, not many were prepared with 
an offering, and we left the opportunity open for 
them to pay to the treasurer soon, as the Loid 
has prospered them. 

By request of the church we commenced a 
series of meetings at the Boonsboro meeting, 
house Deo 2, which has been attend< d fairly we)L 
We will continne for some time yet, if the gcod 
Lord is willing to hold our feeble constitution up 
to perform the good work before us. My health, 
I think, is improving slow.'y, thank the Lord. 

Isaac Basto. 
Dec. 11. 

From Los Angeles, Cal 

The congregation of members hers met at 11 
A. M. and 7 P. M-, at 610 Downey Avenue, for 
worship, and at 10 A. M. for Bible study. Under 
the efficient and faithful administration of Eld. 
P. S. Meyers and 8. G. Lehmer, the membership 
continues to increase and love abounds. 

A few hundred dollars is in the treasury for 
a ohurch edifice, and now comes a sister, who 
labors by the month, and donates a house and 
lot in LordBburg, toward the erection of a ohnrch- 
house here. Some one with z aal for the Master's 
cause and with money sanctifiad for his use, has 
now an opportunity to purchase a property, the 
proceeds of which will do a good work in this 
city. For information with reference to this, Eld, 
P. S. Myers may be addressed corner Sichel and 
Main Streets, Los Angeles, Cal. 

Yesterday the writer evolved from Bro. Enooh 
Eby's sermon, some ornmbs as follows: 

Man can reject the teachings of aatromony, but 
the laws governing the bodies in the universe ar 
not altered by such rejection. A man can reject 
the teaohing of geography, but in snch rej action 
riot a mountain is lowered, not a stream changed 
in its course, not a town, hamlet, or city is moved 
thereby. No difference what men may do toward 
Divine Law and Divine Elements, no law of God, 
no element of the nniverse is changed from the 
purpose of God. 

Again, "the spirit of love," or love's spirit, dis- 
solves and dissipates the clouded and mnrky con 
dition of the soul, eo made by many evil spirits, 
which were in and around it. When the Chris- 
tian attains to the point where he kncioi that 
God's wonders, now seen " throngh a glass dark- 
ly," are wonderful realities, he has retched a 
I point of great enjoyment. 

Last evening (Deo 16) the churoh here was 
Presented with twenty hymnals for the use of 



those not members, by two worfhy sis»ers. And 
those sisters earn their money by dajs' work. 
Verily the poor press into the kiagdorn firs' ! 

M M ESHELMA!!. 

Dec. 17. 

From the Highways and Hedgss. 

Nov. 30 I left horns at 3 A. M. for Weimar, 
Poinsett Co., Ark., a distarce of ninety miles', 
and arrived there at 7 A. M. With satchel and 
overcoat to carry I started for a walk cf shout 
sis mileH through the timber Bnd across a wide 
bottom. But after a time I was overtaken by a 
man hauling lumber, who gave me the privilege 
of riding on the oonplirg pole of the wagon, 
bumping over roots and slumps. While there 
was some contrast between the hard coupliog pole 
and a fine, onshienrd carriage, jet these hardships 
»'0 made easy when I think of duty, and heaven 
that is just a little ahead. 

Leaving the wagon I sat oat on foot for 3ro. 
John Ooyn's, the preacher's hom.i in that pjrt of 
the country, and where wa always find a hearty 
welcome, There I met Bro. D. L. Forney, who 
has been at work in the Master's vineyard for 
soon days and had reeaivad t»o by confession 
and baptism. Meetings continued and we began 
to arrange for some churoh work. We held a 
oouneil-meetirg and an election for one dfaom. 
The lot fell on Bro. Jerry Wilson. Ha and his 
faithful wife accepted the effhe and were daly in- 
stalled. On Sunday, Die. 2, afcer preaching wa 
received one more by baptism, a middle-aged man 
wh«se wife was a sist6r. Her joy was full shen 
she saw her dear husband come honif. We had 
set Monday evening for onr Communion and jost 
before the evening service one more deir 
sonl yielded herself op to God. This was the 
wife of a brother past, middle age. Again there 
was rtjiicing in the camp of the Lord thst oua 
more dear sonl had volunteered to bj a "sillier 
of the orosa, a follower of the lamb." 

Monday evening we had a very pleasant Com- 
munion with fourteen at the table. Perhap3 you 
think this was small. Yes; "but (all oaks from 
little acorns grow." Now who will come and 
cultivate and water the Lord's little plant at that 
place? There is a splendid opening to build up a 
church there, and toy is the time. The country 
is new, land cheap and church just starting. 
Thore is pleniy of work temporally, with the 
country to improve, and spiritually, with the 
church to build up aid e*re for. And there are 
ty of young, able bodied brethren and sisters 
to do both if tie/ had the courage to come. You 
need not tarry at /erusaleni to learn the language, 
lliase Southern people can understand common 
English. Come and give ttem a chance. Tues- 
day morning I left for home, leaving Bro. Forney 
to carry on the good wojk a while longer. 

Jas. K Gish. 
Stuttgart, Ark. 



ministry, has been able to preach here only once 
in each month. The members here being few in 
unm'iers, and poor, the house wai erected under 
d ffhultiea. Bat they now have a good, well-fin- 
ished house of worship. About half of the mem. 
bars liva hare aud the other half at Keuka, about 
fifty in all. It would be better, probably, if they 
could all be at one place, and thus be the stronger. 
Bipsoially would this ba desirable oa account of 
their isolated condition. I shall hold services for 
them trice each month, the first and second Sun- 
days, until spring at least. J. Lahhan. 
Hawthorn, Fla Dec. 21. 

Sadness and Joy. 

On the morning of Deo. 13 this oommnnity was 
shooked by the message that Bro. Elias K, 
Miller, only son of Era. Jacob and Bosanna 
Miller, aged 17 years, 10 months aud 10 days, 
died yesterday at 5 o'clock P. M. at Francis, Fla , 
where he was working for Dr. S G. Miller. 

Oa Tuesday, the 12th, he labored all day pick- 
ing oranges in apparent good health. During 
the night of the 12th, he was taken with hemor- 
rhage of the nose, accompanied with some form of 
blood poison, and in a few hours death claimed 
its viobira. The grief stricken family knew 
nothing of his illness until a messenger brought 
the sad tidings of his death at a late hour of the 
night and that his lifeless fcrm would arrive at 
Kenka on the 11 o'clock express Thursday. 

Later a dispatch cama that interment would be 
necessary the same day. The remains of our 
joucg brother were borne to the church, where 
or daar brother's family mat their lifeless boy. 
The funeral took place at 2 P. M , after which all 
that is mortal of our young brother was gently 
laid away to await the great resurrection morn. 
Not being well, his father was scarcely able to at- 
tend the funeral. It is indeed a sore affliction to 
the pireats aud fonr daughters who mourn his 
loss, as thay were very mnch needing his support 
at this time. 

To-day, Sunday, the 19ch, we were rejoiced to 
lead our niece,— sister Dalla Blocher, lately from 
Virden, 111.,— into the beautiful, olear waters of 
Kenka Lake, where she was buried by baptism 
into death to arise, we trust, to walk in newness 
of life. May many more follow her worthy ex- 
ample, is our prayer I E. J. Nebeh. 
&to, Fit. 

From Manvel, Texas 



A Florida Letter. 



We left oar home, in M; Morris Nov. 11, for 
the Sanny South, reaching Hawthorn, Fla. the 
13th. We found a beautiful sunshine and a pleas- 
ant atmosphere. Sicca June there has been rain 
here in abundance. One rain, lasting twenty-four 
hours, is said to have been the heaviest known 
for many years. The ground being so thorough- 
ly saturated with water has caused many large 
pine trees to fall in varions parts of the woods. 

Last Sanday wa attended Sunday school at the 
Brethren's new church, called Pine Grove. The 
attendance was good. After the Sanday school I 
was requested to preach, and did so. Bro. E. J. 

Neher, of Kenka, twelve miles away, has charge of J will address me with stamp, 
the churoh, and with but little assistance in the ! Dec. 7. 



Finding that I was likely to have trouble with 
my lungs again this winter, I left McPhersou 
Nov. 20, arriving at Manvel the 21st. where I now 

xpect to make my home until the Lord directs 
otherwise. I found the churoh at Manvel in a 
prosperous condition. A few have moved away 
and others have moved in, leaving the resident 
membership at this writing more than eighty. 

They had an extremely wet season here the past 
summer, but it came in August and September, 
after the spring crop of vegetab'es had been 
harvested, and left the ground in good condition 
for a fall crop, which all who have planted are 
now erjojing. 

Tha railroads are now running excursions to 
this oountry every two weeks, and many are 
availing themselves of the opportunity to spend 
the winter in this delightful climate. Brethren 

ishing to come to Manvel should bny their tick- 

:o over the Santa Fe road if possible, for either 

Houston or Galveston, as it rana through Manvel 

to either of the above place?. I will cheerfully 

give any neoessary information to those who 

J. H. Peck. 



January 8, 



Why Do You Hot Como? 

Will the Messesgeb permit one, not a mem- 
ber of the Brotherhood, but feeling a warm inter- 
est in the spread of its fraternal and Christian 
principles, to s«y a few words in adfooacy of the 
Sooth as an inviiinc field in which to build up 
your branch o! the great moral armies of Chris- 
tendom? Two year» ago, four memoers of your 
church settled in Floyd County, Georgia, bjx 
mileB east of Home. Eld. Peter Keed, of Lime- 
stone congregation, Tennessee, visited his Wash- 
ington County, Tenn,-ssee, friends in their new 
home, and wro'e a brief article concerning it. 
This fell under the noiice of Eld. Lather Potry, 
of your church, in Atlanla, C4n. He came up to 
see his isolated brethren and one sister and 
preached very acceptably in the community, in 
Baptist and Methodist meetioghouses. He now 
comes regularly, once a month, and preaches to 
good congregations. 

A member of your church whose name is Shaf- 
fer, will accompany Mr. Petry when b.6 visits his 
little membership in Floyd County, the fourth 
Sunday in Deoember, when they expsot to have a 
week's meeting. I can say that Mr. Perry's min- 
istry is well received and appreciated. He is a 
prudent, sensible man, and won Id, W6 believe, do a 
great work in that section of Georgia, were he able 
to give more of his time and means to the work. 
He lives on Means street, in Atlanta, with his 
wife Bnd children; is a moulder and wood-worker 
in the Technological Institute. Mr. Shifter is at- 
tending medical lectures in the city. These two, 
with friend Pelry's wife, are the only members of 
your ohurch known to me in the busiest city of 
the Souih. 

And now it may be asked, " Why do jou, not a 
member of the Brethren denomination, take an 
interest in their sncceHS in the South?" I tn- 
swer, because I was raised among them in tbo 
Valley of Virginia, and know their work and 
worth as peaceful, industrious oitz-ns, and very 
gratefully remerobertheir greatkiEdoess aad love 
towards me when I lay aad intensely suffered tea 
years in my bed, and their continued brotherly 
feelings all the long half century of my tffliciion 
DoeB not continued love fioal'y succeed in melr.- 
icg all hearts into a fraternal un'on and fellow- 
ship? 

I read the Messesoes, Bud of'en feel like 
wanting to write to some cf its contributors. Es- 
pecially was I drawn to DiDiel Vaniman's "Com- 
parative Riligioaa." 0. H Btlsbaug'n extras bke 
a "brother" to me, as do many saffsreis end 
thinkers in the broad fields of humanity. I write 
this with Bis borrowed Messengees ljing near me. 
Upon your book you will see D. D, Arnold and 
Edmond Bjshor, Rime, Qa, ae subscribers for 
1893. Friend Matthias Nead— one of the best 
read and broadest minded men in any denomina- 
tion — has been sending tracts and copies of the 
Gospel Messengeb to a friend of mine in 
Smyrna, Cobb County, Ga These I also read. 
J). L, Miller's b'jok will be better known and more 
widely read and appreciated, as the Messenger is 
read among the people generally. 

T. F. Jiffhies. 



From BarTOn Church, Wis 

The members of the Barron church have been 
blessed with another series of meetings. Bro. 
Franklin Myers, of Mt. Carroll, 111., came here 
Nov. 13 and commenced meetings the same even- 
ing at the Wiseman schoolbouse. Nov. 15 B; 
0. P. Kowland, of Lanark, 111, came and helped 
carry on the meetings nntil Nov 19. Then Bro. 
Rowland returned home and Bro. Myers continued 



tuo meetings at this place until Friday even 
then moved the meetings t*o miles «e»t to toe 
Baptiar, chuich. Here we continued meetings 
over Snrday. 

Nov. 26 he csmmenced meetings at. the Joyce 
schoolhoase. There the meetings sen held until 
Friday evening, when they were brought back to 
the Wiseman sohoolhonse. Sunday, V<e u , four 
prtcious souls were baptized. The meetings were 
continued until Sunday evening, Dec. 9. As a 
result of these meetings five dear souls were bur- 
ied with Christ by baptism and t«o were re- 
claimed. 

The Brethren at this place are making efforts 
to build a churchhouse. They have cleaied the 
ground and are cow going to get out the timber 
for the purpose. Malinda Williams 

Par jo:, Wis, Dee. 10. 



Fallen Asleep. 



Ma crimonial. 



GROVES 



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dence, near South English, Iowa, Nov. 10, 1S94. Mr - J ake 
Sigler and Miss Nellie Smith. 

WENGER— At the residence of the bride's 
South English, Iowa, Dec. 4, 1894, by Eld. 
Samuel Flory, Mr. Will Groves and Miss Motile Wenger. 
B. L. NlSWANMR. 

STUTSMAN-CHILDS.— At Alba, Mich , No 
by Mr. Frank Mltchel, Bro. Joseph S. Stutsman 
Cora J. Childs, both of Alba, Mich. L. B. ' 



ISM 



YOUNCE— BEERY.— At the bride's horn 


, D.c. 


1S94, bylhe undersigned, Mr. Davis E V ounc 


and si 


Matilda A. Beery. 




BOGG-; — r.EERY.— At the bride's home, Oi 


t. 10, 16 


bv Bro. A. S Kosenberger, Mr. Ora Q. Bogg' 


and si 


Matlie B Beery. Isaac 


Fkantz 



McGLUMPY— CARROLL -At :he rerider.ee of the 
undersigned, near Odell, Pa., Sept. 29, 1S94, Mr. Edward 
M Glnmpy and Miss Sadie Carroll, both oi near Vancevffle, 
Washington Co., Pa. N. B Christnrr. 

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signed, near Odell, Pa, Oct 25. 1S94, Mr. Charles Festus 
D°ague and Miss Annie Margaret Chariton, both of Washing 



N. B. Chr 



the 



Grabie 
ihtngton 



GRABLE— BARRE.— At the resides 
signed, near Odell, Pa , Dec. r5, 189^, Mr. Jarcei 
and Miss Sadie Barre, both of near Beallsvllle, 
Co., Pa. N 3.CHRISTNKR. 

WALTERS— MADERA. — At the residence of Bro. 
Jefferson A. Walters, Unlcntowr, Pa , Nov. aS, t?9^, by the 
undersigned, Bro. Ephraim Walters, Sen, of Masontown, 
Pa., and Mrs. Mary S. Madera, of Morgantown, W. Va 

Ar.FHEUsDBBol.T. 

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S. CORRRLI.. 

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at Manvel, Tex., Nov. 11, 1E94, by Bro. J. A Miller, 
) Hay and sister Hattie Sprague, both of Manvel, Ti x 



ssldei 



J. S. Browhr. 
of the- bride' i p*r- 
J94, by the under- 
Fahrney, both oi 

H. R. Taylor. 



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CM Brower, Mr. A. J. Fltzslmmons, of Frulrland, Muse? 
tine Co., and Miss Gertrude Var.fi^et, of Harper, Keoku 
Co., Iowa. 

INMAN— FAHRNEY —At the 
enis, near Deep River, Iowa, Dec 
signed, Mr. Archie In man and slste 
Deep River. 

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dence, Nov. 15, 1894, Mr. Jsceb E. Belgh and Maud Tulley. 

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dence, Nov. so 189+, Mr. Enoch H. Mlkesell and Lucy 
McMan. S. E. Burkht. 

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rine, at his residence, Nov. 25, 1894, Mr. Grant Eckleberger 
and Mies Idella Bousrnan, both ol Wabash County, Ind. 

C. R. LlVENGOOD. 



BRU BAKER.— In the Okaw church, Piatt Co., III., Dec. 
14 1S9+, of catarrhal fever, infant daughter of Bro. Isaac and 
si ter Rcbtcca Brubaker, aged 23 days. Funeral services by 
Bro. John Arnold. E.F.Wolfe. 

PALMER.— In the Burr Oak church, Jewell Co., Kans., 
Nov. 22, 1894, of kidney trouble, Bro. Harrison Palmer, aged 
77 years, 1 month and it days. He was bom In Ashland 
County, Ohio. He moved to Missouri in 1858, then to 
Kansas In 1SS2. He was a minister of the Brethren church 
lor about thirty three years. He called for the elders and 
was anointed about ten days before he died. He was an ex. 
emplary Christian. Much of his time while sick was spent 
In preaching and exhorting. He leaves a wife and five 
daughters. He died at the residence of his son-in law, Mr, 
Frank Beams. Funeral services by brethren Eli Renner, 
J. B. Pciter and Allen Ives. Diana Rbnnrr. 

FISHER— In the Salem church, Ohio, Nov. 19, 1894, 
sister Awlldle, wife of friend Frederick Fisher and daughter 
of Bro. Aaron and sister Louisa Lasure. Oct. 5 she laid 
away her only child. She leaves her dear husband and 
mother. Services conducted by the writer, assisted by Bro. 
B. F. Honeyman. John H. Brumbaugh. 

GUSLER.— In the Maumee congregation, Defiance Co., 
Ohio, Mary Gusler, aged tS years and 11 months. She was 
the daughter of Bro. David Gusler. Services were conduct- 
ed by Eld. C. Krablll and'the writer. Jacob Kintnkr. 

GARREN.— In the Des Molies Valley church, Iowa, 
child of friend William and Mahala Garren (wee Mahala 
Dletz), aged 4 months and 11 days. Funeral services by the 
writer. James Q. Goughnour. 

MYERS.— In Brazil, Ind,, Nov. 20, 1S94, Charles D., son 
of Bro. A.J. and Hannah Myers, of Ashland County, Ohio, 
aged jS years, 7 months and 5 days. He united with the 
German Baptht Brethren church when fourteen years of age. 
He married Miss Emma Curt!?, of Brazil, Ind., Nov. 30, 1892. 
His funeral services were conducted by Mr. Swltzer, of the 
Methodist church, from 1 Thess. 4: 14-18. His body was 
laid to rest in the cemetery at Brazil, Ind. 

David Snyder. 

DIE ["ERLE— In the South Lincoln church, near Saltlllo, 
Nebr., Dec. 3, 1894, Mary Dleterle, aged 29 years. Funeral 
services by Bro. A. R Smith, from Eccl. 7: 2. 

D. G. Cquser. 

CARLTON. At Staunton, Augusta Co., Va., Dec. 4, 
iS94, of pneumonia, sister Carlton, aged about 80 years. Fu- 
neral by the writer, assisted by friend Sealz, of the Lutheran 
persuasion, from Matt. 24: 44, Interment at Churchvllle, 
Va., Dec. 5. D. C. Zigler. 

MAUCK.-In Henry County, Ind , June 21, 1894, Rebecca 
May, infant daughter of Bro. William and sister Artie Mauck, 
aged 3 months and 5 days. 

FUNK.— In Henry County, Ind., Sept. 5, 1894, Joseph N. 
Funk, aged to years, S months ar.d 9 days. 

CHRISSMAN.— At Mlddletown, Henry Co., Ind., Oct. 3. 
1S94, sister Susan Chrlssman, aged 69 years. She was born 
In Rockingham County. To her were born four children, of 
whom one survives. 

TEETER.— At her home, In Middletown, Ind., Oct. 21, 
i?94, of diphtheria, Mary A, wife of Bro. Lewis Teeter, 
aged 25 years, 11 months and 29 days. She had throat 
trouble for some time, but was sick only a week, when God 
saw fit to call her to a better home. She leaves a husband 
and three children. Just a few weeks ago, Oct. 5, she at- 
tended our love feast. She called for the elders and was 
anointed. Her funeral took place at Buck Creek, by our 
elder, David Hoover, and David Replogie, the elder of that 
church, from Rev. 14: 13. Her remains were interred In the 
cemetery at Bluntsviile, near the Buck Creek church. 

FESLER.— Near Franktor, Ind., Nov. 14, 1894, Bro. David 
Fesler, aged So years, 11 months and 5 days. He was born in 
Lancaster County, Pa He was married to Elizabeth Landls 
in 1832. To this union eight children were born. In 1890 
he was pgaln married lo Sarah Orebaugh. 

LINDAMOOD.— Near Mechanlcsburgh, Ind, Dec. 5- 
1894, ot heart trouble and dropsy, Elijah Llndamocd, aged 85 
years, 7 months and 23 days. The deceased had been com- 
plaining for some lime, but was up and around until the day 
previous to his death. He was sitting at the table, but before 
he began to eat he fell back. He died at 4:30 o'clock In the 
evening. He was born in Shenandoah County, Va. He was 
married to Lydla Fry In 1831, who still survives him. To 
this union were born seven children. He moved to Henry 
County, Ind., April i, 1865. He belonged to the Lutheran 
church. His funeral was preached by Bro. David Hoover, 
from 2 Cor. 5: 10, at Upper Fall Creek, and his remains were 
laid away in the Miller cemetery. Florida J. E. GrkeN. 



January 8, 1895. 



THE GOSPEL MES 



TROSTEL.— In Carlisle, Pa., Nov. 
1894, of old age and general debility, sister 
Elizabeth Trostel, aged 76 years, 4 month: 
and 9 days. A short service was held at th, 
house, In Carlisle, after which the body wa 
taken six miles east, to the Baker meeting 
house, where further services were held by 
Eld. David Neisley and the writer, from 
1 Pet. 1:1-6. Daniel Land:s. 

MILLER.— In the Rock Creek church, 
Brown Co., Kans., Dec. 12, 1894, of whoop- 
ing cough and scarlet fever, John Alvin, lit- 
tle son of Bro. William and sister Sarah 
Miller, aged 2 years, 8 months and 15 days. 
Funeral services by the writer, from Matt 
18:3. R. A. Yoder. 

BOWEN. — In the White church, Ind., 
Nov. 13, 1894, sister Catharine Bowen, nee 
Clowser, aged 92 years and 3 months. She 
was married to Young Bowen In 1823 and 
moved to Montgomery County, Ind , In 1829, 
where they spent the remainder of their lives. 
Her husband died Feb. 28, 1849. She re- 
mained a widow the remainder of her days. 
So their union were born ten children,— four 
sons and six daughters. She was a consistent 
member of the Brethren church for forty 
years. Funeral by brethren D. C. Campbell 
and Dunbar. Mary E. Harmhson. 

HOLLINGER.— Near Baker, Ohio, Dec. 
13, 1894, Anna, daughter of Moses Holllnger, 
aged 21 years, 6 months and 27 days. She 
was a member of the German Baptist churcl 
and a consistent Christian. She leaves 1 
father, mother, three sisters and eight brolh. 
ers. Funeral at the West Branch church 
conducted by Bro. Jesse Stutsman and others 
Hester Adkins. 

PHILLIPS. — Near Cerro Gordo, 111., 

Dec. 4, 1894, of epilepsy, Walter, son of Bro. 

John Phillips, aged 23 years, 9 months and 6 

days. Funeral at the Oakley meetinghouse 

M. J. McClure. 

STOVER._In the Pleasant Valley con- 
gregation, Va., Dec. 3, 1894, of diphtheria, 
Charley Stover, aged 4 years, 11 months and 
23 days. He often talked of going where 
Jesus is. Funeral services by Eld. Daniel 
VIIller - Martha Click. 

BURRIS.— In the Bachelor's Run church, 
Carroll Co., Ind., Dec. 12, 1894, sister Cath- 
rrls, aged 62 years, 9 months and 11 
days. She was born In Fayette County, 
Ohio. She was the mother of ten children, 
'uneral by the Brethren. H. Landis. 

WORRELLS.— At Manvel, Tex, Nov. 
30, 1894, friend Wm. Worrells, aged 33 years, 
nths and 6 days. Funeral services by 
C E. Glllett, assisted by Bro. J. A. 
Miller, from 2 Sam. 14: i 4 . s. Correll. 

PEFFLY._At Manvel, Tex, Nov. 
■S94, Russel, infant son of Bro. Joseph and 
sister Rosa Peffley, aged 10 days, 
death and that of friend Worrells being only 
hour apart, the funerals were set for 
hour and the services conducted to- 

e elhe '- S. CORR.LL. 

WILLIAMS.-In Ottumwa, Iowa, Nov. 
! S, 1894, friend Lewis E. Williams, aged 76 
years, 9 months and 22 days Funeral serv- 
ices at his residence by the writer. 

Abraham Wolf. 

CAMPBELL.-In the bounds of the Lib- 
"tyvllle church, Iowa, In Leando, Dec. 7, 
,s 94, Alex. Campbell, aged 63 years 3 
months and 21 days. Funeral services In the 
™- E. church by the writer. 

Abraham Wolf. 

FOLTZ— In the West Nlmishillen church, 
"Mo, Nov. 26, 1894, sister Ellen Foltz, me 
^Pranke], aged *1 vpnro » m „ ,1 j 

days A . J ' monlhs and H 

til j. weeks belore sne dled she 

«"ed for the elders of the church and was 
|»"olnted. She was the mother of seven 
Two have preceded her to the 
■PWt world. A husband and five children 
"' '*. Nov. 28 her remains were laid to 
mon h * Iudbr °° k «™tery. Funeral ser- 
a mi / Noah Longanecker, assisted by 

" minister r\t it— w .. . . J 



aged 74 ye 



fifty-two j 



the liir 



DILLMAN.-In the Blue Ridge church, 
Piatt Co, 111, Nov. 30. 1894, sister Su, 
wile of Daniel Dill: 
months and 6 days. 

faithful member of the Brethren church for 
ars. During the last year of her 
:red intensely, looking forward to 
hen she would be called home. 
She was the mother of nine children,— loui 
sons and five daughters. Two daughters 
preceded her to the sphit land. Funeral 
services by Bro. M. StouBei 
Jo. 

^CLINE.-Near Flora, Carroll Co, Ind, 
894, William Henry Cllne, aged 24 
days. Funeral by 
H. Landis. 



years, 7 months* and 
Bro. A. J. Flory. 



HEINEY.-ln the Nettle Creek church, 
Hagerstown, Ind., Nov. 26, 1S94, sister Su- 
sannah (Klnsey) Helnev, aged 86 years, 1 
month and 22 days. She was the daughter 
of Abraham Klnsey, and was born In Mont- 
gomery County, Ohio, in 1E0S. At Ihe age 
of seventeen she was manled to Jacob 
Helney. In about 1826 she and her husband 
moved to Wayne County, Ind. July 2, 1882, 
her husband was removed by death. To 
them were born fourteen children. In about 
828 she unlt-d with the German Baptist 
hurch, of which she remained a faithful 
nember till death. Funeral services by eld- 
rs Lewis W. Tester ard David Replogie, 
from I Cor. 1.5:57. Ida E. Teeter. 

MURRAY.— In Pittsburgh, pa, Dec. 14, 
1S94, Bio. Albert Murray, aged 26 years, 10 
months and 19 days. He united with the 
church at the age of twelve years, and was 
married Oct. S, 1893, to Blanch Parkensdn, 
of Pittsburgh, Pa. She united with the 
church last winter, In Nappanee, and with 
one little child Is now left to mourn his de- 
parture. Bro. Albert was the only child of 
brother and sister Murray, formerly of Nap- 
panee, Ind. He renewed his covenant with 
God a year ago and died in the triumphs of 
faith. H's fond parents made the lonely 
journey from Pittsburgh with the bod 
Nappanee, where the funeral services 
conducted by the writer Dec. 16, 1894. 

I. D, PARK! 



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Mount Morris, III., and Huntingdon, Pa., Janoary 15, 1895 




In Paris is a daily religions paper published in 
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Forty four have been baptized in the York 
City church, Pa , since Ootober last. This is an 
encouraging increase. 



Deo, 27 Bro. Peter Stockman closed a series of 
meetings in the Baugo church, Ind , with six ac- 
cessions by baptism and one reclaimed. 

Bro Aaron Moss, of Lsndess, Ind., under date 
of Jan. 7 says, "Since our last report we have re- 
ceived two by baptism and one by letter." 



Bbo Thurston Miller, of La Porte, Ind, 
informs ue that his wife has been quite ill for 
over a month, but is now regaining her health. 

Under date of Jan. 4, Bro. Euooh Eby writes 
us from his home in Booth, Kans. He has just 
returned from California, and reports a pleasant 
trip. 

Bro. Joseph Guthrie, in December, held a 
week's meeting in the Forks of Bear Greek, Gar- 
rett County, Md., which resulted iu nine acces- 
sions. ^^ 

The series of meetings conducted by Bro. D. 
H. Walker, at Ktxbury, Johnstown, Pa,, closed 
Dee, 29, with six more additions by confession 
and baptism. 

Late investigations demonstrate that color- 
blindness is twenty times as frequent among men 
as among women. The difference is ascribed to 
the use of tobacco. ♦ 



Bro Andrew Hutchison writes na that he has 
arranged to go to Florida, to spend at least a part 
of the winter. He was to have left Cincinnati, 
Ohio, last Tuesday. 



Bro. Joseph Beam, of Ligonier, Pa,, informs 
us that he is now in a position to devote much of 
his time to churoh work. Those desiring his 
services should write him. 



Bro. S. A. Sisler recently preached thirteen 
sermons in a sohoolhouse near Terra Alta, West 
Virginia, whioh resulted in nine accessions,— 
seven by baptism and two reclaimed. 



An infidel wrote on the foot-board of his bed, 
"God nowhere." When his little girl came in 
she read it thus, 'God now here." Infidels may 
be condemned out of their own mouths. 



The crown worn by the king of Portugal is 
said to be worth over six million dollars. But 
what is that compared with the crown of life laid 
up in heaven for the poorest of the saints? 



Sister Sarah M, Harnish, of Doraerville, 
Ohio, writes that Bro. G. W. Sellers oksed a 
series of meetings at the North Poplar Eidge 
church, Deo. 22, with seven secessions by bapHem. 

Bbo, 0. 0. Abnoid informs ub that the meeting 
in the Bel River ohuroh, Ind., conducted by Bro. 
Dorsey Hodgden, is still in progress with much 
interest. Up to Jan. 4 twelve had been bapti 

In our first if sue for this 3 ear we said that 
after preaching twenty-four Bermons, Bro. 0. H 
Brown closed a meeting at Chapman Creek, Mis- 
souri. It should have read Kansas, instead of 
Missouri, 

When several reports of the same meeting are 
sent us, and we publish but one, those sending 
the others should not feel cffended if we fail to 
publish theirs. We usually give preference to 
the first one received. 



Bro D. L Forney, of Palestine, Ark., writes 
us that the Lord has greatly blessed his work 
Poinsett County. Twelve lately united with the 
church. He says there ia need of more helpers 
in that part of the South, 



It is reported that the infidels started a town 
in Texas, and called it Ingeraoll. An evangelist 
held a protracted meeting in the place and con- 
verted 215 of the people. The name of the town 
was then changed to Edison. 

The Bible Term for the Northwestern District 
of Ohio will be held in the Eagle Creek oharch, 
Hancock County, from Jan. 31, to Feb. 9. For 
particulars write D. D. Thomas, Williamstown, 
Ohio. Further rotice next week 

Some church news reaches us too late to be of 
interest, and is therefore not published. This 
week we are in receipt of reports relating to 
meetings held last Ootober. News, to be inter- 
esting, should reach our readers at an early date. 

In Mexico an ancient oity has been discovered, 
and the buildings in ruins, it is said, contain 
onffiaent good building stone to bnild two oities 
twice as large as San Francisco. What wonder- 
ful buiiders the pre-historic races must have 



We sympathize with the people in Florida, 
who had all their fruit and vegetables frozen by 
the unprecedented cold wave that passed over the 
State the few last days of 1894, Our members 
will feel the loss severely, but as calamities of 
this kind do not come to the State often they can 
take courage, knowing that God will help those 
who put their trust in him. 



The date of tiater Stoner's death, Oct. 12, 1894, 
was unintentionally omitted by the writer in 
her obituary fourd on page 46 of this iesne. 

A correspondent from Covington, Ohio, writes, 
"Our series of meetings closed with good inter- 
est and a crowded honse. Bro. Isaac Franiz de- 
fended the Gospel with humble boldness. The 
results were ten bapt zjd and one reclaimed." 

There is laid to be a man at La Kochelle, 
Frar.00, by the nsme of Jules Zjstot, who knows 
the entire Bible by heart, and can repeat any 
verse in it. This is indeed a remarkable mem- 
ory, but it is far better to be able to obey the 
Book as the Lord intended. 



A Bible school will be held at Smithville, 
Ohio, commencing Feb 5, at 7 P. M , and lasting 
ten days. There will be at least four daily class- 
es and preaching each evening. For further par- 
tionlars, address M. 0. Liohtenwalter, Secretary 
of Committee of Arrangements, Smithville, Ohio. 

Bro J. H. Shibkey writes of a successful se- 
ries of meetings at Millville, Mo., by Bro. Wil- 
liam 0. Hipes. Nine had been baptized when he 
wro'-.e, making sixteen sinoe the 1st of Ootober 
last. The Wacanda ohnrch is arranging for a 
Bible Term in February. Further notice of the 
same will be given. 



Four miles north of Huntington, Ind,, on the 
evening of Dec, 1, brethren John Wright and No- 
ah FiBher commenced a series of meetings and 
closed Dec. 27, preaching in all thirty-six sermons. 
There were nineteen accessions by baptism, one 
reclaimed and three applicants yet to be im- 
mersed. So writes sister Mary Wike. 

Some of those who have sent us remittances 
and have not yet received a receipt, will please 
have a little patience, as the business department 
is very much orowded with work at this time, and 
therefore may be delayed a few weeks in ac- 
knowledging the receipt of money. Those who 
receive the goods for which they send money 
should accept the same as a receipt for the 
amount S6nt. 

Bro G. J. Fercken, of whom mention was 
made in our last issue, has since delivered two in- 
teresting talks in the Chapel on India, which 
country he visited some years ago, and also one 
talk on the Divinity of Christ. Onr meetings 
continue, with large assemblies and marked at- 
tention. Bro. Miller is now with us and will de- 
liver several of his Bible talks. He leaves for 
the Eiji the coining Tuesday. 



Writing; from Bombay, India, Dec. 8 , sister 
Bertha Ryan informs us that Bro. Stover was 
quite sick with a fever. He probably exposed 
himself to the hot sun rather muoh. We hope to 
soon hear of his recovery. Our missionaries had 
not yet selected the particular field that they will 
occupy. In selecting their location they aim to 
exercise care and wisdom, and keep the good o 
the cause in view. Let all onr readers pray for 
the success of onr missionaries I 



-4ESBAYS^ 



THB FLIGHT OF TIME. 



The winds ot winter are moaning to night, 

The floitliig'.clouds o'erihadow the earth; 

They ssem to be singing a solemn dirge, 

Of the closing year: as we stand on the verge 

Our thoughts are swayed by the evening song, 

Of the weal and woe of the time that's gone. 

What scenes arise as the seasons fly, 

From the charming spring to the winter's gloom, 

And still too fast to the earth we cling, 

As we sail alone on time's swift wing. 

Ah! soon like the end of the fleeting year, 

Will come the close of our life's career. 

Like billows roll athwart the deep, 

So the years of life move on through space, 

And bear us down to our molderlng sleep 

No more o'er the burdens of life to weep; 

But lost to time and mortal sight, 

We shall rest till the years have ended their flight. 

Deep down in the caverns of the sea, 

Where human sight can ne'er explore; 

Their forms have undergone deca -, 

To emerge from the deep In the rising day, 

And Into the realms of glory go, 

Or down to the dismal night of woe. 

As time moves on with its measured years, 

Like the heaving llde from the briny sea, 

So the world speeds on l'ke the foaming surge 

In noise and show to the fatal verge. 

Arise, ye saints, press heaven's call, 

And rescue men from doom and thrall! 



PKEACH THE WORD 



BY WM- HEUTZLEE 



ii Preach the word ; be Instant In season, out of season," etc. 
2 Tim. 4:2. 

The Word may be noticed tinder d Cerent as- 
pects: First, John the evangelist mikes special 
mention of ths S^c^nd Per3on in ths Ir'nity 
as the Word, who was from tho beginning, md 
Creator of all things in the whole univern*. Sec- 
ond, the Holy Scriptnres, the Bible, is termed 
the Word of God. Again, there is a spoken void, 
that never came into type, altered by fingele, 
prophets, et3. Heb. 2: 2. 

The Gospel of Christ (in substance) la what 
Paul refers to in the text, in which is condensed 
the will of God, and in it we find the rule of 
life for every Christian. Consequently Paul 
would have Timothy preach the Word termed 
"the word of faith, which we preach." Bom. 
10: 8. Apparently Timothy had studied the 
Scriptures from his childhood, and was able to 
retain them, which made him "wise unto salva- 
tion through faith which is in Christ Jeans " 2 
Tim. 3:15. Now, then, the Word shall be preached 
continually, without ceasing. See the German 
text, " Halte an." The idea is, if called and 
properly installed for the ministry, then conse- 
crate thyBelf fally to this great work of God as 
Elisha did when Elias the prophet met him 
driving a plough. As soon as the prophet had 
thrown his mantle on the shoulders of the plough- 
man, he immediately sacrificed his yoke and 
plough in an offering to God and followed his 
calling for life, although it seems he had engaged 
extensively in husbandry, driving the eleventh 
yoke. The example iet by Elisha the prophet 
should be an incentive to all ministers to con- 
secrate themselves to the ministry, making the 
kingdom of Gcd and his righteousness the first 
concern. 

" In aeaton " means to fill all your appoint- 



MESSENGER 

ments and calls for preaching, if authorized by 
the church to do so. 

Out of season " seems to be enjoined upon the 
minister jnst as well as in season. Now arises 
the question, When is it ont of season? On 
God's part there is no snoh a time, but on onr 
part there are many occasions when it seems 
to us out of season. For example, when we have 
to enoonnter rainy weather, rough roads, the 
falling snow, or have a great distance to go. 
These are wonderfal powers to frame the mind 
for saying, "It's ont of season." Then, after 
yon get to the honse of worship, Beated behind 
the table, and the time has come to take hold 
of the work, the elder opens the service by Bing- 
ing and prayer. Now yon hear: "Brother, one 
of yon preach to-day;" all along the bench yon 
hear exouaes; one has a bad cold, the next doesn't 
feel as if it were his time, and so the brakes 
ara on the wheels. Now these are some "ont 
of season " times on onr part; bnt the text sayp, 
Preach anyhow I 

The minister should improve every opportunity 
to disseminate Gospel truths wherever there is 
an opportunity to do so ; not only in the pulpit, 
but wherever his calling in life will lead him. 
By making calls in private families is a very 
good way to say, "Peac9 be nnto this honse," 
not laaving the place without having the salva- 
tion of sonls introduced. Sometimes on such 
occasions the enemy says, " Well, these folks 
are no professors of religion and would rather 
not have worship in their honse;" but just there 
may often be a soul hungering for the Bread of 
Lite; and if the GoBpe), in a brief way, is held up 
b/ the minister, he often finds just the reverse 
of what he had imagined. 

Again, in bidding farewell, the offering of a 
little sympathy and advice in words, well sea- 
soned \sith grace, may often kindle the fire of 
Christ's live in the heart and help a soul out 
of captivity. 

Again, much go id may be done by visiting the 
sick and being careful to judiciously introduce 
(Jurist, who is the balm for every Bin-sick soul. 
Even the followers of Christ, when afflicted, often 
long for the heavenly manna in their confinement 
and isolation. I remember so well last Novem- 
ber, vhen I was cor fin d in the German hospital 
in Philadelphia, one Sunday evening the singers 
of that institute sang on every floor; and when 
they reached the third fbor, near my door they 
sang the beautiful hy. 



January 16, 1896, 



jofje 



tvlth 5 



Child of sorrow and of woe. 
It will py and comfort give you, 

Take It, then, where'er you go. 
Precious name, O how sweet! 

Hope of earth and jay of heaven," etc. 

Never before could I so realize the treasure 
contained in those lines as then in my Bad afflic- 
tion. The Bong was more to my soul than many 
a good sermon before. Volumes of oomfort it 
brought to my hungry inner man; and so it is 
with many others. 

Let the minister take Christ along wherever 
he* goes, sowing seeds of the Gospel. Although 
he may not see their immediate germination, the 
day will come when the dew of heaven will 
soften them, the Sun of Righteousness warm them, 
and then they will be quickened by the Spirit 
into new life in the kingdom of God. 



it seemB to me we have reason to say a great deal 
more. How careful we should be in the way we 
dress, as well as the way we act. 1 Tim. 2:9 
tells us how to adorn ourselves, and why not 
obey that Soripture as well as others? If w6 
offend in one we are guilty of all. We some, 
times see our sisters with unbeooming dress, such 
as big sleeves, etc. Why do we, as children of 
God, want to devote our time to decorating our 
bodies just to be in the fashion of the world? 
We must come out from among them and be 
a separate people; if we must be a separate peo. 
pie in oonduot we must be in dress also. Stop 
and think how preoions onr time is and then 
think how many days and years are wasted on 
unnecessary ornamentation in dress. If we 
would only spend that time in reading onr Bibles 
we might benefit ourselves and do some one else 
good. Think how many there are that are led 
down to ruinl And who is to blame? Is it you? 
Is it I? We are the light of the world, and if we 
disobey God's Word, we are leading souls down 
to ruin. How careful and prayerful we ought 
to live! Let us try and set a godly example be- 
fore the world instead of partaking of her evil 
ways. We should set onr affections on things 
above, not on things below. 

We wish to speak here of the head dress in 
particular. We should be as plain in our head 
dresB as in anything else. No trimmings or or- 
namenlations oan add to the beauty of a neat 
bonnet or cap; then why should we want them? 
Let us think about these things more oarefullyl 
Are we setting a godly example when we pnt 
them on? We are all to be of the same mind, 
and how can we be so if some yield to their evil 
inclinations? Let us, as dear children of God, 
put away these foolish things, and dress our 
heads, as well as our bodies, as becometh God's 
children. May God help us all to be more care- 
ful in all things, for we know not how soon the 
Lord will oall ns; and then we will have to 
stand before Him and give an account of things 
done in the body. And let ns not be found guilty 
just because we desire to follow the fashions 
of the world. Let ns love God and keep his 
oommandments, for this is the whole duty of 
man. 

And let ns try, too, to set a good example be- 
fore our young sisters that are so easily led 
astray. If we older sisters are gnilty of follow- 
ing the foolishness of the world we need not 
wonder that the yonng are led away from Christ 
and his teachings. There is a great responsi- 
bility resting on us mothers, and if we do not 
warn our children against the foolishness of 
dress, in the last days who shall be able to stand? 
For that is the rnin of many. 

Truro, Iowa. 



M0B.E ABOUT OTJK SISTJSE8' APPAKEL. 



BV ANNIE E. BBLLIN. 



Teebe has been a great deal said about how 
the sisters should adorn themselves, bnt still 



BY. D. H. WEAVER. 



" She Is empty, and void, and waste." — Nahum 2: 10. 

This is a prophecy of the great city, Nineveh, 
literally fulfilled. It is not prophecy, however, 
that I am going to write abont. In looking for 
a blank, I found this text; and it is expressive 
of a blank, " empty, void, waste," blank, all sig- 
nifying the same thing. 

We have often, no doubt, been told, "God creat- 
ed nothing without its use." Ton have not been 
able to find that in the Bible, neither have I 
But, as a matter of fact, I believe it is true, 
though I do not find it in the Bible. I believe 
it to be true because I find it written all over 
another law of God. Although I do not find it 
written in God's book of revelation, I fin 11 '' 
written in God's book of nature, Yes, I And 



January 16, 1896. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



it written all over field and forest, mountain and 
valley, hill and dale. Everywhere I go I see 
the indelible stamp and hear the ever reverber- 
ating eohoes, Qoi made noihing in vain. I read 
npon every plant and tl >wer, insect, bird or besat 
this one great trath in nature: God made noihing 
without its nse. 

There are no blanks in nature unless nature 
has been subverted. If nature ever does create 
a blank, it does not long remain a blank. It has 
been created to be written npon. Our minds 
are said to be blank when we come into the 
world, but I doubt if this is strictly true. I 
think when we have a mind, it is not blank, and 
if it is, it does not long remain so. Science 
teaches that nature abhors a vacuum. Then she 
must abhor a blank. They are so nearly allied 
to eaoh other, they would be hated or loved alike. 
If this be so, how nature must abhor some of 
her own creatures. For though she has not 
created them blank, they have become blank 
to every purpose for which they were created. 
I do not refer to demented people, though when 
people become demented, I euppose everything 
becomes blank to their minds; but that is not 
the fault of nature, but nature subverted. 

We may not always have been able to trace 
God's purpose in all his works of creation that 
have come under our notice. But so far as we 
hava been able to understand his purposes, we 
see a reason and a good one for all he has done. 
If all nature, as far as we are able to understand 
ita workings, has a purpose, we may oonolude 
that our ignorance of the purpose of anything 
he has made, in no way argues that it has no 
purpose. 

I look upon nature as the loom of God. The 
laws governing it are the shuttles, the universe 
the warp, and time the weaver. The shuttles 
are unceasingly drawing in the woof, to the 
pattern of the Great Designer. Every thread in 
nature's production is so interwoven with every 
other thread that to break o^e, or leave one 
out, the design of the pattern must be marred; 
hence the necessity of ft plan of salvation, or 
restoration, when the thread of humanity was 
severed by sin. 

In the morning of creation there must have 
been joyful harmony. There could have been 
no discord in all the realms of nature," until sin 
entered its dominions, and man fell ont of line 
and caused a vacuum, broke a thread in the 
woof of the pattern, left a blank that must and 
will be filled in. God sent his own Son to unite 
that thread, to restore its rotten texture, and 
start it again to draw into its place, and the hu- 
man family will continue to multiply upon the 
earth, and millions be ruined by sin, and rejected 
as waste, and millions redeemed and washed in 
the blood of the Lamb, until the last stain shall 
disappear, and they become fit to fill their place 
in the great design of their Maker. 

This shall surely continue until God's purpose 
in oreating man shall be fulfilled; until the vacan- 
cy in the great pattern shall be filled with sound 
material. The waste will then be cast away, and 
be no more an obstruction to the harmony of 
nature. 

Satan has a purpose in all his works. His pur- 
pose is mainly to thwart the purpose of God, 
to destroy the harmony, oreate discord, break 
the texture, and mar the pattern in the great 
loom of nature, bnt he is doomed to disappoint- 
ment, for with all his cunning craftinesB, with 
all his diabolioal contrivances to destroy the work 
of God, he is not able to stain one blood-washed, 
Christ-redeemed saint. He may] tempt them, 
and even grasp them, but he is not able to hold 
them, nor "pluck them out of their Father's 



hand." Christ's blood will wash off the blotch 
before it can stain 

Men BBk, "If G)d created man to live with, 
and serve him, and Satan turns man from that 
purpose, and destroys him, does he not then 
subvert God's purpose?" Not by any means, 
God is going to give, in some way or other, every 
man and every woman, a fair chance to become 
a living, acting and eternally existing part of 
his great design, and it was and is his purpose 
to leave it to every one'a own choice, to become 
a living, acting factor in the thread of human 
existence, a living link in the chain of his provi- 
dence, or refuse the oB-a, become a blank in 
existence, to be separated from the usefnl and 
good, and cast away as refuse. Bnt it will make 
no difference in God's plan, whether you and 
I choose to be a part of that design or not; for 
he is going to keep the machinery of this world 
running, and the plan of salvation working, until 
he has enough material to fill up the vacancy, and 
the pattern will be complete. 

Nono of us may become entirely blank in this 
life. Our lives will be written all over with 
something', and our minds filled with something, 
good or bad, bat we may become blank to every 
purpose of oar creation. The place we were 
designed to fill, so far as we are concerned, may 
be "void, empty and waste," until filled with 
better material. We were created to mutually 
help eaoh other, keep our heads above watei 
in whatever channel we may enter, in the church, 
in society, in all onr religious duties. We need 
the co-operation oE eaoh other in all our under- 
takings for good. 

We have so much to oontend with that we need 
the sympathies and prayers of each other. We 
need the smiles, kind words and warm greetings 
of fellowship. If we have neglected our duty 
in that Hue, we are as blank in that purpose 
as Nineveh ia " void, and empty, and waste." 

Christ suffered and died to redeem ns and 
establish a church; to promote "peace on earth, 
and good will toward man; " to promote love and 
fellowship; to foster within us a spirit of self-de- 
nial, to benefit others. For that purpose Christ 
died, and for that purpose we were born. Have 
we fulfilled that purpose, or are we blank as 
Nineveh is "void, and empty, and waste?" We 
have all left some blanks in our lives, and unless 
we begin to fill them up, we may fijd in the 
end that our place in the great pattern of eter- 
nal entities has been filled by others. 

When we look back and see our mistakes, 
we resolve to amend them. This is the first 
of the year, and good resolutions are in order, 
if we keep them. Somebody has said, "The beet 
way to do a thing is to do it," and the best way 
to keep our resolutiona is to keep them. Let 
us resolve to fill up the blanks and then fill 
them. 

Longmort, Colo. 



THE SECOND COMING OF CHEIST. 
BY BECBEN WELLEB, 

We frequently hear something in regard to the 
coming of Christ, and we notice there is quite 
a difference of opinion in regard to the facts. 
Some have claimed heretofore, to know even the 
day when he would appear again, bnt have failed 
in their calculations; while others claim that 
we know nothing about it. And still others 
claim that those who are watching and waiting 
for his appearing will know when he will come. 
Paul tells us to prove all things, and hold fast 
that which is good. 1 Thess. 5:21. So let us 
go to the law and the testimony in regard to 
this matter. We have three very important 



events recorded in the Scriptures, and the cir- 
oumstanoss relating thereto. Let us notioe what 
a vast difference there is between the testimony 
in regird to the first and third events 

We firit note what is said of the first coming 
of Christ as the first event: " And thou, ohild, 
shalt be oalled the prophet of the highest; for 
thou shalt go before the faae of the Lord to 
prepare his ways." Luke 1:76 "AndheBhall 
go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, 
to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, 
and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just: 
to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." 
Luke 1: 17. " For this is he of whom it is written, 
Behold, I send my messenger before thy face which 
shall prepare thy way before thee." Matt. 11: 10. 
" The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, 
the Son of God. As it is written in the prophets, 
Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, 
whtob. shall prapire thy way before thee. The 
voice of one crying in the wildsrneas, Prepare 
ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." 
Mark 1: 1-3. " There was a man sent from God, 
whose name wai John. The same came for a 
witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all 
men through him might believe." John 1: 6, T. 
"And he confessed, and denied- not; bnt con- 
fessed, I am not the Christ." John 1: 20 " The 
next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, 
and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh 
away the siuof the worldl" John 1:29, "This 
is he of; whom I said, After me cometh a man 
which is preferred before me: for he was before 
me. And I knew him not: but that he should 
be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come 
baptizing with water. And John bare record, 
saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven 
like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew 
him not: but he that sent me to baptize with 
water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou 
shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining 
on him, the same is he which baptizeth with 
the Holy Ghost And I saw, and bare record 
that this is the Son of God." John 1:30-34. 
" Now after that John was put in prison, Jeans 
came into Gallilee, preaching the Gospel of the 
kingdom of God, and saying, The time is ful- 
filled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent 
ye, and believe the Gospel." Mark 1: 14, 15. 

We see from the above Scriptures that the 
Jewe were forewarned of Christ's first coming, 
and by reading Acts 10 we also learn that the 
Gentiles had Christ preached to them. 

Now the second event we will notice is, the 
destruction of Jerusalem. For the warnings 
given by the Savior in regard to the same, read 
Matt. 24:1-28: Mark 13:1-23; Luke 21:1-24, 
As they all testify to the same thing, I think 
we shall be able to learn what the Savior wat 
talking about, for he says, " Behold, I have told 
you before." Matt. 24: 25. " But take ye heed: 
behold I have foretold you all things." Mark 
13:23 Foretold all things about what? About 
the destruction of Jerusalem. "And when ye 
shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, THEN 
KNOW that the desolation thereof is nigh." Luke 
21: 20. It would seem from reading the Scrip- 
tures mentioned above that if the people failed 
to KNOW when Jerusalem was to be destroyed, 
it must have been because they did not heed the 
warning. 

Now let ns notioe the third and last (bnt by 
no means the least) event mentioned above, and 
the Scriptures pertaining thereto, viz , the second 
coming of Christ Let us now read the last 
part of the three ohapters mentioned above; viz , 
Matt 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. It seems from 
reading the above Scriptures that he has given 
us signs whereby we may know (if we watch) 
when the end is approaching (and I believe we 



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THE GOSPEL MESSRNGR1?. 



January 16, 1895. 



can see some of those signs being fulfilled at the 
present time.) And jet I fail to find any Scrip 
tnre that informs even the righteous just when 
the end shall be. " And he said nnto them, It 
is not for yon to know the times or the seasons, 
which the Father hath pnt in his own power." 
Acts 1:7. "For yonrselves know perfectly that 
the day of the Lord so cometh as a tbief in 
the night." 1 Thees. 5:2. " Watch therefore; 
for ye know neither the day nor the hour where- 
in the Son of man cometh." Matt. 25:13. "Take 
ye heed, watoh and pray; for ye knoa not when 
the lime is." Mark 13:33. "For as a snare 
shall it come on all them that dwell on the face 
of the whole earth." Lnke 21:85. lnasmnch 
as we have the asanranca that he will come 
again, Aots 1: 11, it remains for ua to heed the 
warning, to watch and pray that we may be 
prepared to meet him. Whether in this life 
or the nexi will make no difference with ns, if 
we are prepared to meet him when he comes. 
Rich Hill, Mo. 



stay longer, as wo feel mnoh good conld have yet 
been done. We feel snre that mnch good was 
done. Henbv Fbantz. 

Forgy, Ohio, Dec 25. 

Notes by the Way. 

Nov. 6 I attended meeting in Philadelphia for 
the first time. I fonnd that Bro. T. T. Myers was 
holding a series of meetings in the Philadelphia 
charoh. I was kindly entertained by the mem- 
bers. Nov. 8 we went to Gerraantown to the 
feast. We were met kindly by Bro. and sister 
Falkenstein. We think Bro. Falkenatein the 
right man for the place. While at the feast in 
the evening, onr minds reverted to the time when 
the old fathers stood at the same place we did. 
The bnildiag is oonatrncted of stone, and well 
preserved. It is nsed by the Brethren every 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



Be brief. Notes of 



^"Church News solicited for this Departmi 
good meeting, send a report of it, so that others 
In writing give name of church, County and Sta 
Travel should be as short as possible. Land Adv 
lidted for this Department. We have an adverti! 



From the Wayman Valley Churcb, -Iowa, 

Eld. D. M. Mtllee, of Milledgeville, 111, came 
here Dec. 1, and commenced a series of meetings 
that evening with the Brethren of the western 
end of the chnich, at Honey Creek, continuing 
two weeks. For the past year there baa been a 
strong opposition here. It makes ns feel very 
mnch encouraged that the Lord's cause has had 
such aggressive service rendered. Sinners were 
emphatically warned of the danger of continuing 
in Satan's service, and the way to the ark of safe- 
ty was so clearly pointed out that all who came 
to hear Bro. Miller proclaim God's Word need no 
longer remain in doubt. This has been contested 
ground in this community for a year, and we feel 
that the help Bro. Miller gave ns has brought our 
doctrine before the minds of the people so clearly 
that popular doctrines must lose their irnaence 
with thinking and unbiased persons. 

No additions can be reported from here, bat 
some seem to be standing near the kingdom. We 
had, in all, eighteen sermons preached here. 
Bro. Miller preaohed each evening for a week, at 
a achoolhouse, about four miles northeast of 
Edgewood, resulting in five applicants for mem- 
bership. John G. gcHMiDT. 

Strawberry Point, Ioiaa, Dec, 36. 



From the Donnel's Creek Churcb, Ohio, 

TeI8 Christmas Day closed a very interesting 
and pleasant series of meetings and Bible Land 
talks in the Donnel's Creek church, Ohio, by 
Bro. D. L. Miller. The meetings were held in 
the New Carlisle house, and were very largely at- 
tended. Many could not be seated and eome 
could not even obtain admittance. The best of 
order prevailed during the entire meeting. Bro, 
Miller gave us ten of his interesting Bible Land 
talks, and aleo preached ten sermons in addition 
to his talks. 

Three precious souls were baptized into Christ. 
We feel that others were near the church and al- 
most ready to come. Sister Miller was also with 
us and did much to make the meetings interest- 
ing and profitable. Brother and sister Miller 
talked to the children last Saturday, which was 
very interesting. We were sorry they could not 



Nov. 10 we went to the Am well ohureh, N. J., to 
their feast. Bro. Holsopple is the active minis- 
ter, with Brc. Hoppock as their elder. Both he 
and Bro. Hj.de are old and their race is nearly 

We found much love and z;al in those churcheB. 
There were some things which we hope may 
change. Those churches have had their troubles 
for years, but are ooming more to a oneness. 
Bro. T. T Myers has, as far as we know, the confi- 
dence of his members, and, as far as we could see, 
is a good worker. May the Lord bless his 
labori 1 

As we were so near New York City while in 
New Jersey, we went in and spent part of two 
days. Then we went again to Philadelphia. Bro. 
J. T. Myers was holding meetings there. We then 
took the train for Washington where we spent a 
few hours with Bro. Lyon, to learn of his work. 
He feels the need of a ohurchhonae, and showed 
ns some houses that are for sale. I hope the 
Mission Board will look after these, or select 
some other place. We certainly should have a 
house in the nation's capital, and all that is nec- 
essary is to go at it in a business way, and the 
money will be raised. I would suggest the get- 
ting up of R printed subscription blank, and 
to let Bro. Lyon, by consent of the Mission 
Board, send one to 6very church in the Brother- 
hood, so that this matter may be properly pre- 
sented before all the members. You would be 
surprised to see the amounts that would be raised, 
All could be done in six months, but as long 
as no active movement is pat forth, we get no 
house. 

From Washington we started homeward. We 
stopped at Wadesville to visit a few of our old 
members; then returned home after being gone 
fourteen days. Deo. 1 Bro. Orville Long began 
a series of meetings at Timberville. We had a 
pleasant meeting, having good interest and fine 
weather. We have two applicants for baptism 
and one reclaimed. Bro. Long is a good worker. 
We are glad the Lord still raises some up for 
his work. Thus ends the work of the old Flat 
Rook church, Ya. We received thirty-two by 
baptism, and have one applicant. We had two 
feasts at the church and also two private feasts. 
We are trying to adopt the penny system of 
raising money for mission work. Prof. Holsing- 
er is conducting a singing class at Timberville 
during vacation. Bro. D. L. Miller will be with 
us Jan. 30. May God be with us all till we 
meet at home! Samuel H. Miebs. 



From North Manchester, Ind. 

We thought a sketch of the work of this 
church daring the past year might be of inter- 
est. This ohureh has been known in the past 



for its numerical strength, and is perhaps strong- 
er at present thBn ever in its history. We num- 
ber perhaps four hundred and fifty members, 
Seventy- five have been received during the year 
by confession and baptism and five reclaimed, 
making a total of eighty reoeived during the 
year 1894. Oar territory is not large. We are 
surrounded by other local churches, — Eel River 
on the north, Sugar Creek on the east, Ogan's 
on the south, and Roann on the west. The church 
is in a prosperous condition, under the care of eld- 
ers Michael and Isaac Miller, Eld. Jacob Fun- 
derbnrg being too old and feeble to serve the 
church. We have three ministers in the second 
degree and nine deacons, some of whom are old 
and in quite feeble health. We hope and pray 
that the coming year may prove equally as pros- 
perous as the past. Bro. Bowser, from Dayton, 
Ohio, is booked for a series of meetings in the 
town of North Manohester, to begin Jan. 5. 
May the blessing of God rest npon the church 
and its laborsl D. 0. Cbipe. 

Dec 31. _^_„__ 

A Good meeting. 

I jdst returned from the upper end of our 
(Ridge) congregation, where Bro. Joseph Long, 
of York, had been preaohing for nearly two 
weeks. I had the pleasure of listening to eleven 
sermons, and can cheerfully say he gave no un- 
certain sound. While he aims to reach the hearts 
of sinners, and awaken them to a sense of their 
duty, he also gives the dootrine of the church a 
full share of attention, and none who attended 
this meeting could go away not knowing what the 
churoh believes and practices. It was laid before 
the people in a very plain way and did not offend 
any one. One night his subject was, "Why I Am 
What I Am," in other words, "Why I am a 
Dunker." He told why he preferred to be a 
member of the church, bringing up Scripture to 
sustain him on every point. He not only 
preaohed with power, but worked and tried to get 
others to assist him in speaking to and encourag- 
ing those who were halting. People of every 
persuasion in the oommunity were there and lis- 
tened with rapt attention. 

On Sunday morning, Dec. 23, after a sermon 
on baptism, a large congregation met at the water 
side, where four made the good confession. 
Among the number was the wife of one of our 
elders, who for years worshiped with another 
church, but who felt she could come nearer the 
Truth and also be more of a help to her husband. 
It waB a glad and happy day for the family and 
the churoh. On Sunday evening he spoke from 
" The Immortality of God's Word," to a crowded 
honse. There were many who were almost per- 
suaded, and who, we hope, will come soon. They 
were earnestly entreated not to delay their com- 
ing to Christ. . 

Near by the church lies the body of Eld. 
Daniel Eckerman, formerly the elder of the con- 
gregation, and whose obituary has never appeared 
in this paper. He was well and favorably known 
in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. 

Daring this meeting I spent most of the time 
in the pleasant home of Bro. Henry Brumbaugh 
and son, Milton, with whom we worshiped in the 
early days of the Pilgrim in the James Creek 
church. While with them I thought if all our 
members were to manifest as much interest in 
church work as this entire family did in this 
meeting, great good would be the result. Their 
work had been planned that it would not hinder 
the meeting in any way, and every member of the 
family was taken to every service. Their home 
was the home of all who conld join them, and 
nothing was any tronble. It was because they 



January 15, 1895. 



THJB GOSPEL MESSENGER 



37 



were interested in the work and wanted to save 
souls. It is ever no when the good of the church 
is at heart. They did not expect the preacher to 
do all, bnt were ready to help wherever they 
could. The great want is more consecration on 
the part of those who are in the church. We 
want to be interested, and when all unite and 
work to the same end, an influence and power 
goes out into the congregation and impresses 
people with the beauty and power of religion. 
Then we can more truthfully sing: 

" Where He leads me I will follow, 
I'll go with him all the way." 

Wealth? A. Bubkholdek. 



From Bulltowi), w. Va 

Bbo. W. E. Mubphv, of Palatine, W. Vs., came 
to the Joppa church Nov. 25 and preached three 
sermons, then started on the 27th to Webster 
County, and en account of sickness there, preached 
but one sermon and returned to Fall Run, Brax- 
ton County. He began preaching there the 31st 
and continued till Dec. 5, with good interest. On 
the 6th he returned to Joppa and preached three 
sermons. On the 8th he left for Oapcn Run and 
began a meeting there the same night, assisted by 
the wi iter. The meeting continued till the night 
of the 19th. Five were received by baptism, t*o 
were reclaimed, and we left one applicant and 
many others near the kingdom. 

The Brethren of Capon Run are spiritually in 
a thriving condition. There are nineteen mem- 
bers there and they have requested to be organ- 
ized into a separate body, which will be attended 
to in the near future. It is a good point to build 
up a strong church. While they are surrounded 
by sectarian Babylon, yet the Gospel, being 
sharper than a two-edged sword, has taken effect 
»p>n their spiritual castles and caused many of 
them to confess the Gospel to be the power of 
God unto salvation. 

On the 20th the writer returned home, Bro. 
Murphy going on to Sand Fork, Gilmer Co., to 
begin a meeting with the Brethren at that point. 
We pray the Lord to be ever with him 

A. 8, Cool. 
Jan. 1. 

From Midland Church, Va. 

Deo 26 we met in conncil in the Valley house. 
Considerable business came before the meet- 
ing,— eome of great importance. It was decided 
to build a meetinghouse in the northern part of 
our congregation and a committee of five brethren 
was appointed to look at different sites and report 
at our next council. 

It was also decided to divide the Midland 
church into three new ohurches. As onr church 
at present comprises nearly a deze.n Counties in 
northeastern Virginia, it was thought better for 
the advancement of the oause to make three 
churohes and then cultivate the field better. 

Bro. Dennis Weimer recently closed a series 
of meetings in the Auburn sohoolhonse, one of 
our regular meeting places on the outskirts of 
the church, where eight members lived. Five 
dear souls were made willing to aocept Ohriat aa 
their Savior. 

Sunday, Deo 30, we closed our Sunday school 
»t Cannon Branch for the next three months. I 
hope till another year we can have an evergreen 
school. On the third Sunday of every month we 
took up a collection for missionary purposes. 
Enough our sohool averaged only thirty-two we 
gathered $7.43 for that purpose. We decided to 
give half to " The Sisters' Aid Society," of Wash- 
lURton, and the other half toward ereoting a 
meetinghouse in Washington. Two of our young 



sisters also solicited about §7.00 for the Denver 
Mission. May God bless our weak efforts at 
spreading his Gospel! Dec. 26 we had the first 
snow of the season,— several inches,— and some 
real cold weather since then, and a little sleighing. 
J. E. Blodqh 
', Va., Jan 1. 



Notice to the Members of the Northwestern Dis- 
trict of Ohio 

Notice has been given through the oolumns of 
the Messenoeb that there will be a Bible term held 
in the above-named District the first part of Febru- 
ary for the improvement of the ministry, that 
more effectual work may b3 accomplished by 
their labors. Now quite an expense will devolve 
upon those who go there to receive instruction. 
On the one hand, we have; ministers who are 
somewhat limited in circumstances, while on the 
other there are members who are more favorably 
situated. It was suggested to ub by a brother 
that we extend an invitation to those, who might 
be willing to contribute toward the expenses of 
that meeting, to do so. Bro. 8. M. Loose, Fre- 
mont, Ohio, is the treasurer of the oommittee of 
arraDg»ments. Any donations sent to him or 
handed to him at the meeting will be thankfully 
received. 8. A. Walkeb, Foreman Committee. 

Blcomville, Ohio, Jan. 2. 

An Important Notice 

Pabents who have sons or daughters and those 
of our brethren and sisters having friends, who 
think of leaving their present home in the 
country, or villages, exchanging the same for 
city life, either for a brief or prolonged period, 
especially in those cities where the cause is being 
built up, might assist and greatly encourage the 
work, as well as save souls from vuin, by feeling 
especially interested in such persons, giving them, 
at the time of their leaving, the name and place 
of residence of the pastor who resides at the pro- 
posed place or, better still, drop a postal card to 
the minister in charge, giving the name of the 
person coming to his city and where such can be 
found. This information any one can give by 
consulting the " Brethren's Almanac" or becom- 
ing a regular reader of the Mebsenqeb, and those 
looking towards Lanoaster City, Pa , can address 
the writer at 419J North Green Street. Because 
of inducements held out and temptations pre- 
sented, as well as a great rivalry in vogue every- 
where with churohes and cr sanitations, religiously 
and otherwise, we feel, through some experience 
and observations aiong this line, to suggest to one 
and ail not to neglect your friends in the matter 
above referred to, bnt that we all feel that we are 
"our brother's keeper." 

We are, at times, notified in person and by letter, 
of some friend, son or daughter, who are stopping 
or living in the city, having been here already a 
few weeks, several months, or a year. We want 
to say that even one week is too long for them to 
be here without our knowing it. How sad it 
must be for parents when we can only say to them 
apparently, " It's too late. Your son, when I 
called on him, was already wearing a badge, which 
if not indicating his being a member of some 
Lodge, showed that he belonged to the Glee Club 
or Foot Ball, and the daughter having joined 
some Society, is attending entertainments or go- 
ing to other Sunday schools. They now say that 
they have found pleasant associations, and io not 
want to change." 

Some of onr sisters have been blessed with 
plenty of this world's goods, and are living a com- 
paratively retired life, perhaps not at all satisfac- 
tory to them. If such would like to live where 



an opportunity for doing some mission work 
could be had, such as looking up the poor and 
neglected, helping to make up clothing, which is 
being furnished to the mission society, here and 
elsewhere, by the charitably disposed, willing also 
to go into homes to suggest and in a practical way 
ahoy the diffireaod between washed and nn. 
washed hands and faces, bringing them into the 
Sunday school where they cm be properly taught 
and thereby raise fallen humanity to a higher 
standard,— here is a chancj to do so. 

Our sisters here are working nobly, but the 
foregoing is given, because the "harvest is great, 
and the laborers are few." Macedonian calls are 
often made to the ministry, bnt, sisters, this is a 
Macedonian call to you. Who will respond? 

_ „ T. F, Imleb. 

Dec. 24 

Work for Willing Hearts and Hands. 

Afteb spending some time in the interest 
of the cause in Indiana Town, the County 
Seat of Indiana County, I wish to write a 
few lines concerning the present needs and 
future prospects of bailding up a congrega- 
tion there. Tho oity hag a population of from five 
to six thousand inhabitants and there are at pres- 
ent ten members living in the city. Two of them 
united with the church during our recent labors. 
Meetings were held in a meetinghouse belonging 
to the German Lutherans, not nsed by them 
at present. Through the efforts of sister Lottie 
Jaeoby this house was rented for sixty dollars a 
year; bnt, unless aided by adjoiniog congregations 
or the Home Mission Board of Western Distriot 
of Pennsylvania, they will not be able to rent for 
future meetings. There are sonls in this city to 
be sarai or lost. Who will be responsible? 
Echo answers, Who? Tho future prospeota are 
such as should commend the work there to the 
Brotherhood. 

There shocld be a show of permanency in the 
work. Disappointments should be avoided; in 
short it should be backed up by the Brotherhood. 
The time is here when we should become more 
conoemed about planting the Gospel of salvation 
in our cities. " Pray ye therefore the Lord of the 
harvest that he will send forth laborers into his 
harvest" Matt 6:28 

The harvest is great, for there are souls to be 
gathered to life eternal. When Jeans was here 
he went about al! the cities and villages preaching 
the GoHpel of the kiogdom, and seeing the 
multitude, he was moved with compassion. 

J. H. Beeb. 

E- ckton, Pa. 

Denver Fund. 

Repobt of money received for building a meet- 
inghouse in Denver, Colorado: 

A sister, SI; Beach Grove Bible class, Chippe- 
wa ohnrcb, Ohio, S5 50; some sisters, Brighton, 
Ind., S3; brethren, sisters and friends of the 
Chestnut Grove church, S1.40; Milledgeville 
church, III , S3; five Pfisadens servant girls, Cal., 
SI; Belleville ohnich, Kaus, S5.80; Henry Lar- 
ick, 50 cents; Elizabeth Larick, 50 cents; An- 
drew Larick, 60 cents; S. G. Wallingford, Monte 
Vista, Colo, 50 csnta; Poet's Retreat, 10 cents; 
Fairview church, Iowa, 50 cents; Ellen Fisher, 
SI; Myra O. Fisher, Baltic, Ohio, SI. 

Jennie Bbubakeb. 

Longmord, Colo , Jim. 2. 

"The way of salvation is a highway; highways 
e always free; the peasant has the same right 
as the peer; the meanest beggar has the same 
warrant to travel this road as the greatest mon- 
arch." 



THR GOHPEI, MESSENGK1J. 



January 15, 



Missionary and Tract Work Department. 

■ Upon tl 




(^-Tracts are sent Tree only to points where there is no 
church organization. 

tjpAll money and correspondence intended for the Home 
and European Missions, the India Mission the Book and 
Tract Work, the Missionary Visitor, and the Brethren's Sun- 
day School Song Book, should be addressed to 

The Gen'l Miss, and Tract Com., 



Galen B. Rojcr, Set 



Mt. Morris, 111 



A WOMAN'S BATTLE 

Th b bravest battle that ever » as fought ! 

Shall I tell you where and when? 
On the maps of the world you'll find It nol 

'Twas fought by the mothers of men. 
Nay, not with cannon or battle shot, 

With sword or noble pen; 
Nay, not with eloquent word or thought 

From months of wonderful men. 
But deep In a walled-up woman's heart — 

Of woman that would not yield 
But bravely, silently bore her part — 

Lo! there's that battlefield. 



shalllng troop, no bivouac song, 



No 



But O these battles, they last so long— 

From babyhood to the grave. 
Yet, faithful still as a bridge of stars, 
She fights in her walled-up town- 
Fights on and on, in her endless wars, 
Then silent, unseen, gees down. 

ye with banner and battle shof, 
And soldiers to shout and praise, 

1 tell you the kingll^st victories fought 
Are fought in these silent ways. 

O spotless woman in a world of shame, 
With splendid and silent scorn, 

Go back to God as white as you came, 
The klngliest warrior born. 

Ascribed to 'Joaqui. 



THE LITTLE CHILDSE5. 

BI HANOI D. CNDEBHILL, 

In Three Parts —Part Three. 

" Feed my Lambs." 

The dear young converts, just gathered into the 
fo'd. how tender and sweet and lovely they seem 
to us! Some are inclined to think that because of 
their tenderness, inexperience and youthfulness, 
they will not be able to " take up the cross daily " 
and follow Jesus, henoe are not fit subjects for 
baptism — for entrance into the fold. Vain delu- 
sion 1 Neither are we older ones any more able to 
bear the heavy crois of responsibility day after 
day without renewed strength for each day's 
duties We may be a few years older; but age 
does not always indicate strength; indeed a longer 
association with sin tends to lessen our spiritual 
strength, even as a longer term of disease lessens 
one's physical strength. We may be a few inches 
taller and a few pounds heavier, but neither dees 
weight nor height indicate exc3Bs of muscle 
or power of endurance. But we are all weak 
creatures and must continually be fed in order to 
endure. We could not cultivate our farms nor 
attend to our household duties many days were 
it not for the food that we daily consume, any 
more than the little child could continue to play 
and Btudy and work without food. We all re- 
alize and often feel the need of spiritual food, 



hence we endeavor to have ministers established 
wherever there are a few members (no matter 
how old taey are) that they may all be supplied 
with spiritual food. " Strong meat," in the form 
of doctrinal Bermons, reaches the sheep cf the 
fold through the ministry and the press; yet 
some fail to obtain a sufficient supply, and, grow- 
ing hungry, wander away to other fields and 
strange pastures. Some grow cold, some die. 
What of the lambs,— the tender little lambs? 
No one would ever be so cruel as to think of 
letting them starve. No, we do not think of 
them starving; but how many of ns ever think of 
feeding them? Mauy a bird in its cage and 
many an animal in its pen has gone hungry 
from thoughtless neglect Many a Bonl has hun- 
gered and thirsted and even starved for lack 
of thoughtful sympathy, love and helpfnlneae. 
The gates of the fold are open. Souls can go 
in or ont. If all is pleasant and inviting within, 
they love to be there; but if no food is supplied, 
they will finally wander away in search of it. 

When outside, there is great danger of them 
being caught by wolves. Or, they may wander 
awa7 and get lost. The world allures them on 
and on. The d9vil has his nets and snares all 
placed for their unwary feet. The good Shep- 
herd would never let a wolf catch them, because 
Be cire'h for the sheep; but the hireling, — the 
servant, — " careth not for the sheep." The go :>d 
Shepherd would lay down His life for the sheep, 
so dearly does He love them. (John 10:11.) 
What was the Master's commandment to His 
under-shepherds, — His servants, — to us? " Love 
one another as I have loved you " John 15; 12. 
Now if we would keep this commandment we 
would love thosB dear little lambs (and all 
the older ones, too) enough to lay down our 
liveB for them, even as Jesus did for us. Such 
love would make us thoughtful and we would 
never allow the young (or old) disciples' strength 
to waver on acoonnt of hunger, cold and loneli- 
nesB. We would not negleot those whom we 
loved more dearly than our own bodies. Instead 
of predicting that the new or young convert will 
fail, we should uphold him, strengthen him, 
build him np in the faith of the Lord and the 
love of his kingdom, and in the service of the 
good Master. 

We can remember with deepest sorrow a pre- 
cious little lamb who Bought to follow the good 
Master at a very early age, who used to beg his 
only Christian friend to tell him "things out 
of the Bible;" his soul was hungering for the 
Truth. But food of a spiritual nature was de- 
nied that tender soul. The members of the fold 
were ridiculed and the ministers of Christ 
laughed at in the presence of the little hungry 
lamb. No wonder he went astray 1 We have 
kaown older sheep to wander away with far leas 
cause. 

When the writer was a child she used to be 
laughed at by her playmates because she pre- 
ferred the society of certain old people to that 
of children near her own age. Those " old peo- 
ple" were Christians; they would talk of Jesus 
and of their experience in following Him, of 
their joy and comfort in His service and of their 
hopes of future reward, — the pleasure of an 
everlasting life with the One who lovad us 
enough to die for us. Their conversation was 
food to the soul of the lamb who sought Chris- 
tian Bociety. Some of those dear old friends, — 
now in eternity, — used to sort over their vegeta- 
ble and flower Beeds and give some of each kind 
to their youug guest while they deftly sowed 
the spiritual seeds in the willing heart. Some 
would ask the writer to read to them from some 
good book. All would associate with her in the 
daily routine, talking and working with her as 



with a sister and an equal. Thns ahe found 
Christian sympathy and help in the conversation 
of the older sheep But there came a time 
when those Christian friends could be her com- 
panions no more. Then her soul hungered and 
thirsted and well-nigh starved, till her wandoring 
feat nearly slipped time after time into the snares 
of the evil one. But for the fulfillment of Matt. 
28:20,— the Invisible One's continual presence, 
the Holy Spirit'a constant whisperings,— remind- 
ing her of the precious promises which are sure 
aid steadfast, and her abiding faith in the loving 
Sivior who said, " Blessed are they which do 
hooger and thirst after righteousness; for they 
shall be filled," her soil would have perished 
in the search for food. The world offers much 
that glitters and appeals to the eye, bnt it can 
not satisfy the hnngry soul. Only One can sup- 
ply the "Bread of Life." But He breaks and 
gives that bread to His disciples and they to 
the multitude. When Peter avowed his love for 
the Master, Jesna requested him to show or prove 
it by caring for His loved ones. So he said, 
" Feed my lambs; " " Feed my sheep." 

It is eaid that a bashful lover once expressed 
his mind to his ohoaen or, e thus: "Do yon know 
what that bird is saying?" E;oaiving a nega- 
tive reply, he imitated the notes of a thrush, 
saying: "How I love youl how I love you!" 
whereupon the girl asked if he oould tell what 
the blackbird was saying, and receiving a nega- 
tive reply she imitated its notes, saying: "Show 
itl show itl " Now let us all try to prove the 
truth of our profession to the blessed Master and 
His dear ones by showing it in our daily conver- 
sation and actione. We should make friends and 
companions of the young converts, as well bb 
of the older oneB and show our love to them by 
our deeds as well aa by our words. " Lovest 
thou me? " " Feed my lambs." 



THE BLUES. 



A sibtib wiites us how she got rid of the bines. 
We recommend her simple experience to others 
afflicted in like manner. She says: "I have 
learned by experience what I consider a sure oure 
for the bines. 

"'Some time ago I was seized with a despond- 
ent spell, which some people call the bluea. It 
was on a very hot day and I had just come 
home after having been to see a sick friend. I 
know of nothing that should have caused this 
condition. I tried to read, I asked God to help 
me out of it, and etil! my heart remained heavy. 
And ao the hoars rolled by and no relief came. 
I finally decided I must do aomething myself to 
throw off this spell. I thought I could not en- 
dure it through the night in this condition. I 
put on my bonnet and went out to purchase some 
things for supper. As I walked along I thought 
of a poor, old sick colored woman that I had not 
visited for some time. I called to aee her, learned 
her condition, then gave her the provisions I had 
just purchased. As I did it the burden dropped 
from my own heart, and I went home feeling 
quite happy, and have not had a touch of the 
blues since. 

" This little experience tanght me that we are 
only happy when we do good to others." 



SOME PLAIH HIHTS. 



We withhold the writer's name and location 
from the following. It contains lessons that may, 
in a measure, prove helpful, in a number of local- 
ities.— Ed. 

The abrupt change in onr song service at the 
beginning of the meetings was detrimental. We 
had been using the Brethren's aelections for our 



January 15, 1895. 



singing and Sunday school. At the beginning of 
the meetings the " Gospel Hymns " were intro- 
dnced. This is a very good book, but there was 
the ohnroh. Oar song service in the 



THE GOSPEL MBSaBiNGcBie. 



children's meeting on Sunday was a failure. Out 
children felt embarrassed and ashamed. The 
minister asked them to sing and not oue of them 
had a book. It was like drilling the soldier two 
or three years, then when he goes into battle tak- 
ing his sword and gun from him. 

Oar efficient Sunday-school Superintendent 
abandoned her Sunday school here last Sunday on 
aocount of the lack of patronage from the Breth- 
ren. Our children arose from their slumbers 
this morning, and viewed the situation. Just two 
weeks ago, on a day of bodily feasting, the peo- 
ple came out by the hundreds. To-day there is 
nothing. I could hear them say, " Where will we 
go now?" One said, "We will go to the Meth- 
odist school." Another said, " We will go to the 
Oampbellitee." ADd off they went. Our heart is 
made to ache when we see brethren and sisters go 
all the way from ten to thirty miles to feasls, 
through dust and mud (which we do not object 
to), and then shun the Sunday school, singing 
school and social meeting. I will quote a een- 
tence from Bro. Balsbaugh, as given in Gospel 
Messenger, number 41, psge 647: " The Sunday 
school is not an institution alien to the inter- 
ests of the church, but the very heart of it." 

" Very heart " should be made emphatic. Re- 
move a person's heart and how long will he lire? 
Allow me space, please, for another quotation 
from the same writer, same number Gospel Mes- 
senger, page 643: " Profession and form satisfy 
many, while the glorious reality, the divine power 
and joy, are unexpressed and unfelt. If we go 
through the formB at onr feasts, and afterwards 
fold our hands and do nothing, it would be well 
for us to go to Bom. 16: 18. ' For they that are 
snoh serve not the Lord Jesus Christ, but their 
own belly: and by good words and fair speeches 
deceive the hearts of thesimple." Fhilpp. 3:19. 

The twenty reoipes for making good Sunday 
schools, on Page 646, same number are worth out- 
ting out and pasting on the wall. When I can not 
recommend the Brethren's literature and song 
books in preference to other denominational 
books and literature, I will step down and out. 

TO MOTHERS, WIVES AND DAUGHTERS. 

Abodt nine years ago an offer was made in the 
Mail and Express, a leading paper in New York 
City, giving a Webster Unabridged Dictionary 
for the first best article on " The Household," and 
three fine literary works for the second best. 
Sister E. J. Onkst, of the Logan church, Ohio, 
was awarded the second premium. She writes us 
that she was very favorably impressed with the 
series of articles on Housekeeping by sister Noff- 
singer, saying the plans recommended have been 
her plans for over fifty years. She is now well 
advanced in years, and has not found housekeep- 
ing unpleasant, nor has she found it necessary to 
neglect her reading. She also says the Gospel 
Messenger is her favorite paper. Below is her 
article as it appeared in the Mail and Express. 
Bead it, wives, mothers and daughters, and profit 
by it: 

MY LIFE-WORK. 

Inspiration is the propelling power and bright- 
ening influence of successful motherhood. A 
mother's life is replete with care and responsibil- 
V- It is obvious that we need a glorious revival 
M pare, devoted mother.Iove. The special want of 
stuff » " m ° re moth6r8 t0 " re «>ain beside the 
™. and a more intense faithfulness on their 



39 



part hat will save the family, the church and 
the state. The key to these momentous results 
1^ T lr f mother - ,ife . «»d "°thiog less will 
meet the demand, of the present generation. 
We can, with consistency, exclaim with the Psalm- 
tl ™P.Lord, for the godly man ceaseth, for 
the faithful fail from among the children of men." 
Women have risen up and are striving, through 
the agency of reforms, to solve and cure those 
ugly problems of the nineteenth century, and 
they are calling on faithful mothers who are not 
weary m well-doing to stir up their strength 
and come and save our sons and daughters fo, 
time and for eternity. This divinely sweet in- 
spiration will enkindle a flame that will burn 
perpetually on our home altars and shed a reful- 
gence on all around our daily life, shadowed by 
unremitting toil and monotonous drudgery. It 
permeates every act and effort we put forth. In- 
spiration is the best lubrioating oil for the wheels 
of domestic machinery. A well regulated honse- 
hold is an important factor in saving the children 
to sobriety and usefulness. Aim to impart this 
inspiration to them and others that yon come in 
contact with. The homeliest details of life be- 
come mere pastime under its benign influence. 
A household perfeot in all its appointments is be- 
yond the reach of human calculation. 

There are so many contingencies in the hone 
it is impossible to be accurate in planning or 
systematizing your work, or to attain to infallibil- 
ity. Society will not discount her claims— com- 
pany and the constant interruptions and hin- 
drances that occur daily and hourly iu the in- 
tensely practical life of a housekeeper; but what 
oan't be cured ought to be endured with the beat 
possible grace. Thus mothers with a multiplic- 
ity of cares learn lessons of self-denial daily. 
The exquisite pleasure of reviewing the text bocke 
used in her education, or reveling in the enjoy- 
ment of some favorite author and adding to the 
already rich stores of her general information— 
these pleasant recreations may have to be sus- 
pended for an indefinite period in the mother's 
matter-of-fact life. A postponement or suspen- 
sion of these intellectual feasts is only one of many 
personal sacrifices of her pleasures she has to 
make to fill up the measure of her holy mother- 
hood. Is not the life more than meat and the 
body than raiment? A crown without a cross 
would be meaningless and dim in its outlines. 

Donbtless many mothers, imperative as their 
duties are, may be cumbered with too much serv- 
ing, to the sad neglect of the sooial f ea! urea' cf 
home. A true, nnselfish mother loses sight of her 
own identity aid ease in the all-absorbing so- 
lioitude for her offspring. The representative 
housewife cf this day is faulty if with so many 
labor-saving utensils she cannot husband her 
time to find leisure moments, perchanoe hoars, to 
replenish her mind and keep up with the current 
news of the day. 

The writer of this article abont forty-five years 
ago was united in marriage to an intelligent farm- 
er, a widower with a number cf small children. 
At the time of her engagement she was tweniy 
years old; for three summers prior to that time 
she had taught district school. Her prudent 
mother, with commendable foresight, on learning 
of her daughter's engagement, deferred the wed- 
ding day oue year that she might remain in the 
home nest to improve on her domestic education 
so it would be equal to the occasion. At the ex- 
piration of one year's special training she entered 
upon her life work, adapting herself readily to 
her farm-house sphere. She sought wool and 
flax and worked willingly with her hands. She 
took the raw material through all its preparatory 
stages, then spun and wove it and fashioned the 



cloth into garments to fit the human form divine. 
Home manufacture and produoing sufficient for 
home consumption was her motto and her high- 
est earthly ambition. She developed and man- 
aged the profits of a number of cows, went to 
market regularly with her golden butter and 
cheese. She dried a goodly amount of the best 
varieties of fruit to lay in store for future use. 
With artistic taste her deft fingers could lessen 
her own and her many friends' milliner bills. 
She did her own sewing and her family were 
grown up before she became the possessor of a 
sewing machine. She boarded the distriot school 
teacher and cooked for farm hands and a score of 
men to thresh the grain. She tended her flowers 
and got time occasionally to do some fancy work 
and embroidery. Her children at roll-oall num. 
bered in the aggregate, including step-children, a 
fall baker's dcz^n. 

She utilized the labor of her children; none ate 
the bread of idleness in her household. It is 
criminal in the mother to overtax herself. She 
aided them in their studies, explained examples 
and found obscnre places on the map. Thus 
mother and children were mutual helps. She 
want with them to spelling-schools, and tome- 
times she kept the floor until four or five schools 
were spelled down. She soon found them striv- 
_ to emulate mother, and sometimes mother 
would have to stop her work to write a note cf 
hind for some illiterate neighbor. The children 
grew up to see the advantages of a liberal educa- 
tion. May God bless the educated mother; may 
her education have larger scope instead of leasl 

She could expedite her work without neglect- 
ing important duties in her family. Her hus- 
band and herself visited the sick, and still found 
time to contribute articles to the Mother's Jour- 
nal and other periodicals, and solioit clubs for 
home papers and magazines, and keep alive a cor- 
respondence with her absent friends. 

Every one of these thirteen children became 
members of the churoh in early life; one a min- 
ister. King Alcohol sways no scepter over any 
of the eight sons. The five daughters are 
honored wives of good and honored citizens. 
They are scattered far and wide, the oldest nearly 
fifty-five, the youngest thirty, and their moth- 
er feels the consciousness that her life-work has 
been well done. E j , 

" More people are headstrong than heaitatrong.'" 



T&g GossgjaS ^SasatiQgtf 



Jl - "M0£iu=ed organ of the German Baptist or Brethren's church, 

atesthe form of doctrine taught m tu . New Testament and 

'leads for a rsfurrr to apostolic and primitive Christianity. 

It recoralzes the flew Testament as the only Infallible rale of faith and 

rra.tirt- and maintains that Faith toward God, Repentance from dead 

; station Df the heart and mind, baptism by Trine Immersion 

for remission of sins unto the reception of the Holy Ghost by the laying 

j*r :/ tunas, are the means ol adoption Into the household of G:d— >hs 

church toilitaat. 

ilataiiLB that Peet-svaahliur, as taught fa John is, troth eyea- 
unplc and rrcnnrrarrd oi Jesus, should be observed fa the church. 

': rrd's Supper, Instituted by Christ and as universally ot- 

rrr-.ed 07 tire apostles and toe early Christians, is a full mead, sad. In 

connection with the Communion, should be taien In the evening or after 

as day. 

Salutation of the Hoiy EClss. or Kiss cf Charity, ts bfndlnt 

trjrott the followers of Christ. 

a rrd Retaliation are contrary to the spirit and self-dehyfni. 
principles of the reilsion of Jesus Christ. 
That the principle of plain Dressing and of Non-conforcjfty to tht 
: ':.: Testament, should b: oosr-rj b? ,'-- ,ol- 
:ont.s ol Christ. 

:\-.-:u7i!d.'.!7o} Anointing the Sick with Oft, in the Name 
. - ; : re, ts binding upon all Christians. 
rr-t:s the church's duty to support Missionary and Tract 
living tc the Lord for the spread of the Gospel .and tor the 
reversion of sfaners. 

-tea vindicator of all that Christ and the apostles have en- 
09, and aicjs. amid the confflctfag theories and discords oi 
toreadors, to point ont groand that all canst concede to be in- 
fallibly safe. 



tsrf"The above principles of our Fraternity are set forbh 
on our Hrethren's Envelopes." Use theml Price 15 cents 
per package; 40 cents per hundred. 



XHB GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



January 15, 1895. 



The Q-ospel Messenger, 

A Wasil? st $130 ?«■ Armrua. 



The Brethren's Publishing Co. 



D. L. MILLER, Mount Morris, III., 
H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Huntingdon, Pa , 
J. H. MOORE, 

|. G. Royer, \ 

JOSEPH AMICK, 



Editors. 

Office Editor. 

Associate Editors. 

Business Manager 



b Eby, Osnlel H»i 



^-Communications lor publication should be legible nt<::~ *:.: 
fuse* 1st cnone side =! Die paper only. Co cot attempt to later!'.!!, or 
ta pal cr cue paje what ought to occupy two. 

gas* 'Anonymous communications will not fee r^bllih; J. 

sex-Do not mix easiness with trades tor publication Keep yoar 
.:r:uiunl:aiiooE oa separate sheets rroal all Business. 

s^-Time is precious. We always have time to attend to business and 
la answer questions o! Importance, but pleaee do not subject us to need 
iess answering oi letters. 

«2r-The HssssIiGsa is Bailed each-eeh to all subscribers. fi the ad- 



st, the p 



dress ts correctly entered c 
whom It ts addressed. II yon do not set your paper, write ua, siring par- 
ticulars. 

J3— "When changing your address, p'.ease give your fiiraisr as well as 
voni reruns address in rail, so as to aroid delay and misunderstanding. 

es— Always remit to the oBce Irora which you order youi goods, no 
matter from where you receive them. 

pSB~£>0 no; send personal checks or drafts on Interior bants, unless you 
eead with them as cents each, to pay lor collection. 

|3-Remlttancee should be made by Post-orEce Hone, Oraei, Drafts 
en New York. Philadelphia or Chicago, or Registered Letters, made pay- 
.r!e and addressed to "Brethren's Publishing Co., haount tiorrlg, 111.," 
or " Brethren's Publishing Co., Enntlnedon, Pa." 

S3F"Entered a. the ?o£t-:c!:r at Mount Morris, Ell., as ceecucl--lac; 



Mount Morris, ILL, 



Jan. 15, 1895 



On account of Bro. Miller being in Virginia 
at the time that the General Missionary and 
Tract Committee should meet, it has been decid- 
ed to hold the next meeting at Bridgewater, in 
order to save traveling expenses. The meeting 
will be held Feb. 2. 



The Evening Herald, Hnntington, Ind,, for 
Deo. 31, contains a oreditable and well-written 
account of the dedication of the Brethren's new 
house of worship, lately erected in thBt City. The 
congregation is said to have been very large and 
the servioes, both morning and evening, excellent. 
The dedication occurred Dec. 30, and the preach- 
ing was done by Bro. Noah Fisher, who is accom- 
plishing a noble work in Huntington. 

In Bombay, India, is published a Christian 
weekly newspap3r entitled the Bombay Guard- 
ian. We have before us a copy of the issue for 
Dec. 1, from which we clip the following: 

W. B. Stover and Mrs. Stover, and Miss Bertha Ryan ar- 
rived last Saturday by S. S. Peninsular. They come under 
the Society of Brethren or "Dunkers" and expect to open a 
new m'silon in India. They wait In Bombay while pros- 
pecting. This Is their first mission to any non-Chrlstlan 
country. The ' Dunkers " in America belong principally to 
the rural population and are generally well to-do, and If thl 
mission Is successfully started, it Is expected to result In ; 
large addition to the working force. 

We have many good agents, who are working 
nobly for the circulation of the Mesbenqeb, and 
Bro. A H. Snowberger, of Huntington, Ind., is one 
of them. In the letter accompanying hia long, 
well-prepared list of subscribers, he says, "Bro. 
Andrew Klepser, eighty-nine years old, almost 
deaf, walked three miles to my house to subscribe 
for the Messengeb and to buy an Almanac It 
is soul-cheering to see this old saint's faith and 
zeal. I would have seen him without hia com- 
ing, but he wanted to make sure work of it" It 
inspires one to hear of such faith and zeal. Then 
it is comforting to know that what we write and 
publish will be road and appreciated by saints, 
who not only want to " make sure work " of their 
reading matter, but are earnestly striving to 



make their calling and election sure." "We 
trust our aged brother will have the pleasure 
of reading the Messenqeb for many years to 
come. _^~™ 

IN a late communication, Bro. 0. H. Balsbaugh 
writes: "To the Christian every day is Christmas. 
The day of nativity is an all-the-year-ronnd feeti- 
The Ga'atianB had forgotten this, and not a 
few of ns are no better. Gal. 4: 10 'Lo, I AM 
with YOU always' is the believer's Christmas. 
How hard it is for man to learn that religion is 
not time, or circumstance, or occasion, but life, 
character, a Divine consciousness, the possession 
and enjoyment of God. Where this is wanting 
there is neither rest, nor peace, nor power. 
There is no Christmas for any eonl till Christ is 
infleshed. Blessed mystery, familiar only to 
faith, and joyfully and constantly expressed by 
love. Santa Clans and turkey may do for Gala- 
tian legalists, only John 6: 5t will esrve as a 
Christmas feast for the saint. We need to insist 
on the spiritual bisis of life. Materialism ^has 
invaded our philosophy, corrapted our philan- 
thropy, and diluted our religion. The law of 
solidarity sff'cts us far more than we are aware. 
To get above our heredity and environments is 
tne miracle of Christmas,— God Incarnate." 



TBETSR'S COMMENTARY. 

Ween called npon to name a reliable Commen- 
tary for our people, we never hesitate to recom- 
mend Bro. Teeter's Commentary on the New Tes- 
tament, in two neatly-printed and well-bound vol- 
Esspecting olear print, good paper and 
substantial binding, it is probably the best on the 
market. It contains both versions of the New 
Testament, arranged in parallel [columns, wilh 
well-arranged references following each verse. 
In faot the reference system is the very best that 
we have ever seen. The comments are usually 
brief, but to the point and reliable. It is a Com- 
mentary that our people can depend npon. In 
his oomments on many passages, Bro. Teeter 
could have enlarged to good advantage, and in 
some instances explanations might have been 
given on parts where the evident meaning of the 
sacred writers is so plain that any one ought to 
be able to grasp the meaning, but that would 
have enlarged the work and made more volumes, 
thus adding to the cost of the publication. It 
was thought best to keep it the present size 
and price. In addition to what is mentioned 
above, the book contains other valuable feat- 
ures in the way oi a Gezatteer, etc., and will 
prove helpful to any Bible student. For our use 
in the Qierist Department, or in preparing ser- 
mons, it ie the first Commentary we consult. 

We believe the work to be admirably adapted 
to the wants of the Brotherhood, and should es- 
pecially be in the hands of all our ministers and 
Sunday-school workers. It would be well if the 
ohurches could manage to get this work into the 
hands of each preacher. Ministers who preach 
year after year for a church, at their own expense, 
richly deserve this book as a present, and it 
would be a good thing for the preachers, as well 
&s the ohurches, if each congregation would in 
some way raise money and prooure the work, es- 
pecially for the preachers who are not able to 
pay for it. Price in cloth, S5 00; half leather, 
S5 50; half morocco, $6 00, For ministers we 
have special rates. Ministers, as well as those 
wishing to present the work to ministers, will 
please write ns for these rates. We have also 
special terms to agents, and would be pleased to 
arrange with a number of good workers to can- 
vass tor the publication. Address all communi- 



cations to the Brethren's Publishing Co., Mt. 

Morris, 111. See special notice on page 16 of 

this issue. ^^^____ J. H, m. 

TOR OK AQAIHST. 

Most papers, having a large circulation, oharge 
for publishing marriage notices. This we have 
not been doing, though they occupy muoh val- 
uable space in the Messenoeb, and many of them 
are of no special interest to most of our readers. It 
is now suggested that we charge fifty oents for each 
notice, and turn the money, thus collected, over to 
the General Missionary fund, to be used in preaoh- 
ing the Gospel and building meetinghouses, as 
the General Missionary Committee may think 
proper. On this subject we want to hear from all 
of our readers who feel in any way interested. 
We would like to receive a card from as many as 
possible, saying whether they are for or against 
the proposition. If a majority of those who write 
us are in favor of charging fifty cents for each 
marriage notioe it will be so done, and the money 
turned over to the General Missionary Committee. 
Bach person must write his or her vote on a sep- 
arate slip of paper, or a postal card, separate and 
apart from all other business, giving name and 
address, and all votes must reaoh us on or before 
Feb. Id. ________ 

BIBLE SCHOOL AT BEATRICE, NBBR. 

Dubins the last days of the old and the first 
of the new year we had the pleasure of attending 
the Bible School held by the Brethren at Bea- 
trice, Nebr. The school was under the immedi- 
ate direction of Bro. 8. Z Sharp, President of 
MePherson College, and he was ably assisted 
by brethren Gilbert and Wieand, of MePherson. 
The attendance was large and the interest taken 
in the study of the Bible was most commenda- 
ble. Usually about one hundred were present 
at the day sessions and these all took deep 
interest in the work. A very high oompliment 
was paid to our members by a minister of the 
Presbyteriau church who attended part of the 
time. He said he was surprised to see the large 
number present and the interest taken in the 
study of God's Word, and he felt justified in 
Baying that no other church in the City of Bea- 
trice, with a population of fifteen thousand, could 
get so many of its members out to study the Bi- 
ble. 

The evening meetings were also largely attend- 
ed and the house proved much too small to ac- 
commodate all who desired to attend. Standing 
room could not be obtained and numbers went 
away unable to gain admission. It waa felt and 
expressed by the brethren present that good 
work had been done and that seed had been 
planted that would bring forth fruit in the fu- 
ture. 

The increased interest taken in the study of 
God's Book by our people is worthy of all com- 
mendation. All over our Brotherhood there is 
an awakening along this important line of work, 
and if it be properly conducted and directed 
it will result in much good. To know more 
of God's will concerning ne, to know more of 
Christ and hia divine teaching, with a desire 
to obey him and be more like him, is, after all, 
the sum total of Christian work and effort. To 
study God's Book with a sincere desire to get its 
truths, not only into our heads but into our 
hearts, and to live them out in our lives, will 



January 16, 1895. 



THB GOSPEL MESSENGER 



bring daily Christian fruitage and the develop. 
m ent o£ true Christian character. 

ffe are mnch enoonraged in the hope that 
a more thorough knowledge of the Word of God 
and a fuller indwelling of the spirit of Jesus 
Christ will lift the ohnrch to a higher plane 
of Christian living. It must, however, be borne 
in mind that Bible study alone will not bring 
the much desired fruitage. To get the Bible 
into the head and not into the heart will result 
in failure. A man may know and not practice, 
a man may be a Bible student and yet live away 
from God, his head may be full of the Bible 
and his heart as empty as a dram of the spirit 
of the Bible. He may be an intellectual giant 
in the Scriptures and a spiritual pigmy in the 
invisible kingdom of God. Self seeking, jealousy, 
envy, and kindred sins, are not the fruitage 
of the indwelling spirit of the Gospel of Christ. 
To know and to do, and above all to be, is the 
highest attainment in Christian life and experi- 
ence. 

Wo look back only a few years when Sunday 
schools, and Bible schools, and Colleges, were 
almost unknown among us and now we rejoioe at 
the great awakening along these line of Christian 
effort. But the test as to their ultimate good is yet 
to be applied. Will these efforts bring the church 
closer to its Divine Head,— oloser to the pattern 
laid down in the Gospel? Will the tendency be 
worldword or Ohristward? Will the result of the 
work be a greater degree of holiness, more true, 
vital piety, more love of Christ and less love of the 
world? This is our hope and if it is to be real- 
ized much will depend upon the men who conduct 
and direct the work. It was said of Barnabas 
that " he was a good man, and fnll of the Holy 
Ghost and of faith." Good men, full of the Holy 
Ghost, faithful men directing these lines of Chris- 
tian work, and there will go out from Huntingdon, 
from Bridgewater, from McPherson, from Lords- 
burg, from Mt Morris, from Waterloo, from 
Beatrice, from West Alexandria, from Hickory 
Grove, from North Manchester, and other centers 
of effort, an influence for God and the right that 
will be felt all over our Brotherhood. But if men, 
self-seeking, unfaithful to the church, control, 
then how shall good result? If the trumpet give 
an uncertain sound, who shall prepare for the 



It shonld be borne in mind that all educational 
work is simply a means to an end. Some seem 
disposed to regard an education as the chief end 
of life. Fatal mistake! It is only as the student 
consecrates his attainments to the service of God, 
and labors that he may be the better qualified to 
do God's will and work that he meets God's ap- 
proval. Let ns ever keep in mind that back of 
every line of Christian work and effort must lie 
the deep desire for Christian fruitage, for the 
growth of Christian character, and for the full 
development of the Christ life in our lives. 



OTJE BOOK OB GOD'S PHONOGRAPH. 

What book? In this age of advancement, edu- 
cation and printing-presses, books are among 
the most common of things and they are being 
issued from the presses by the thousands and 
the tons. But we have been thinking about an- 
other book,— not the Book of books— the Bible. 
We should think about this, too, because it is 
tae best of all books,-the light of the world 



and the light of the soul. "And a book of re- 
membranoe was written before him, for them 
that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his 
name," says the prophet Malaehi. And it is 
about this book we have been thinking. It will 
be wall for us all to think more about this book 
as it is a book about ourselves,— a book in which 
our lives are being written from day to day,— the 
thoughts we think and the acts that we do. 

For the last thirty years and more we have 
been keeping a diary in which we have recordf d, 
each day, some of the events and acta of our life, 
and in connection with the thinking about this 
remembranoe book Bnd in reviewing the year 
gone by we have been made to think about what 
we have been recording in " onr daily record " 
and how it will correspond with the contents of 
the book which is being made by our reooidiDg 
angel. Have we been recording it all? Are we 
giving a full report? In the records we make 
we skip the bad and magnify the good, because 
we want our lives to appear good, even though 
we live them badly. But it will not be so 
our book which the angel is reoording. Just 
as we think and ao>. so will it appear. 

Some time ago we talked into a phonograph, 
and then we had what we said reproduced, and 
as we placed our ear to the 'phone we heard every 
word of it just as it was thought and said. As 
we sit and think in our private room, or as we 
think and act while alone, the thought comes to 
us, What does it matter? No one bears, — no om 
knows. But of us, the Lord, through the proph- 
et, says: " A book of remembrance is being writ- 
ten for us before him." In this is reoorded every 
thought that grows to a desire, whether it be 
good or whether it be bad. 

We have b8en looking back and our thoughts 
trouble us. The year 1894 is gone and all the 
thoughts and aots of ours are recorded that they 
may be remembered. Is this so? Yes, bo the 
Lord has said. As we think of this, does it 
give us a thrill of joy and satisfaction? We 
sometimes suggest that our good intentions are 
misconstrued and therefore we do not get oredit 
for them. But let us not worry about this ; there 
is One who does not misconstrue. In this book 
of remembranoe it will be all right. In it every 
good thought and ev6ry good act will be noted 
down, appendix?d with the motive that gave them 
birth. Yes, yes, we hear our good brother say, 
That is what troubles me. I have been doing 
some bad thinking and it is a sad thought for 
me to know that these thoughts, too, have been 
recorded and will be remembered." 

Just now there comes flooding into our mind 
a train of mean acts that we know must be re- 
corded in cur book. O, how we wish they oonld 
bB forever oast into the sea of oblivion and that 
they might never— never be remembered any 
9. Dear reader, do you know that it is a 
wonderful thing to live, and that every moment 
of our lives is precious, not only because of that 
which we are to do, but because of that which 
we are not to do as well ? 

The other day we happened to be where a man 
was busy at work all alone, as he thought. The 
ob was an ugly one, no donbt, and his patience 
"was greatly tried, and in the ugliest part of the 
work he would quietly swear,— we shall not name 
what he said, as, we are sure, had be known that 
any one was near enough to hear, he would not 
have given his feeling an audible expression, at 
least. O, how blind we are I We are afraid and 



ainaraed to say and do ugly things in the 
presence of our fellows, and yet, with brazen 
impudence, talk and act right out before our re- 
cording angel. 

Perhaps all of our readers do not know what 
a phonograph is. To answer our purpose we will 
explain just this much. It is an instrument into 
which persons speak, and every word said is so 
recorded that all can be reproduced at the will 
of the operator. Now, into a phonograph we are 
ail speaking every day. This recording angel 
takes down what we think, speak and act, and 
records it in this book. It is done in the pres- 
eucs of God, " bffo re him for us," and therefore, 
no additions, — no omissions. 

Some day, when yon have an opportunity, ask 
for the privilege of hearing a phonograph talk; 
that is, reproduce that which some one has talked 
to it. As you hear it reproduce every word that 
was said, jtu>t then, think for a moment, so it will 
be with ua in the day of judgment. Then will 
Goi's great phonograph commence talking over 
every thought and act of your whole life. Think 
of it, dear reader. Is it not a solemn, — a won- 
derful thought? There was a time when we were 
wonderfully pczzled over how these things conld 
be. But the use of the phonograph gave us new 
ideas. If man can invent a machine that can 
arrest and hold for years, the human voice and 
thoughts expressed, and then have them repro- 
duced at pleasure, cannot God, the Creator of 
all things, do more? Yes, dear reader, he can, 
and day by day we are talking and acting before 
God's phonograph, and at his own time it will 
commence talking off our lives from beginning 
to end, and no power can stop it. Will 
you not now think for a moment what God's 
phonograph will say about yon? It is a good 
time to do it now, while at the eve of this new 
year. 

What is written is written and cannot be 
changed, covered over, or hidden. But there 
is something that we can do. We can stop off 
saying and doing ugly and wrong things, and 
from this time onward, we have the power of 
determining just what God's phonograph shall 
say about us. There is a possibility of human 
inventions going wrong, but not so with God. 
Nothing more, — nothing less will be reproduced 
than we think and do, and the pleasant thought 
about the whole matter is, that if we now leave 
off, forever, our evil ways and give the Lord 
onr whole heart, while the first part of what 
God's phonograph says about us may be ugly 
and condemning, the last part will be good and 
lorious. 

Yon know what our Heavenly Father has said 
about onr sins, if we repent and forsake them. 
Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be 
white as snow." As we now look out of our 
window at a thirteen-inch snow that fell last 
night, we are wonderfully impressed with this 
red passage. What is whiter than snow? 
It is the only pure thing that the Lord oonld 
use to express the fulness of his pardoning love 
and gives na the assurance that on a full and 
thorough repentance, not a vestige of sin will 
be left against ua. The blood of Christ cleanseth 
from all sin. Then let us all remember that 
now and ever God's phonograph is before us 
and that into it we are thinking and living our 
life, to be reproduced to onr everlasting shame 
and condemnation or to our eternal acceptance, 
peace and home before God. H. B, B. 



THE GOSPEL MESSK'NGEIJ;. 



January 16, 1895. 



DISCOVERIES IN CENTRAL AMERICA. 

Knowing that our readers are interested in all 
that pertains to the antiquity of civilization even 
on the Western Continent, we give the following 
brief account of discoveries recently made in 
Guatemala, Central America. It is translated 
from the French for the Literary Digest, having 
first appeared in Li Nature, Paris. Accord- 
ing to this, and other things we know, there was 
at one time a civilization on this oontinent con- 
cerning which the most ancient history and tra- 
dition shed little or no light: 

"At a depth, varying from fifteen to twenty 
feet, the exoavators have unearthed in the first 
place, a great quantity of domestic utensils, 
plates, vases, and arms. Pottery with fine sculp- 
turing and enriched with color has been found, 
and also glass vases of great delicacy. All these 
objeots are in a state of perfect preservation. In 
exploring the cavities that indicate the Bites of 
the ancient dwellings, there have been found a 
hammer, sword, clubs and daggers of flint, well- 
sharpened, slender, and of elegant workmanship. 
But this is not all. The excavations at Santiago- 
Amatitlan have disinterred several extremely 
curious stone idols, among which there is a rather 
large one representing a reclining soldier, 'sculpt- 
ured in a block of blaok basalt. On his head the 
warrior wears a kind of oasqae, having some re- 
semblance to the distinctive headgear of the Bo- 
man praetors. The features of the faoe and the 
beard are the work of a veritable artist, which is 
the more astonishing as the only tools of which 
the explorers have reoovered any trace are shears 
and comparatively large hammers of flint Not 
far from these statues lay necklaces, ornaments, 
and a profusion of pearls and turquoises, and near 
by, pretty glass cups bearing inscriptions in col- 
ors so brilliant that it seems as if they must be 
fresh from the artist's hands." 

According to the best authorities the rnins in- 
dicate a very great antiquity, showing that this 
country was at one time peopled by a raoe far ad- 
vanced in civilization. The average height of 
skeletons discovered show that the men stood 
abont seven feet in height. All of this informa- 
tion will be interesting to the student What 
religion these ancient people held we shall proba. 
bly never know. The book of Mormons under- 
takes to tell, but the information given, aside from 
that found in reliable books of discoveries, is vis- 
ionary. j. h. M. 

HOW TO PRAY. 

Is It according to the Gospel, when anointing the sick, for 
a brother to say in his prayer, " Not our will be done, but 
thy will be done, O Lord," when the Word says "The prayer 
oi faith shall save the sick," and "The Lord shall raise him 
upf" See Mark 16: 18. The tame Word also says "All 
things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall 
receive." Matt 21: 22; John 14: 13, 14; 1 John 3:22. 

C. F. Daggktt. 

Personally, we should not feel like anointing 
the sick without praying after the manner stated. 
It was fully settled in the mind of God, and the 
act was known to Jesus, that he must suffer the 
death of the cross, yet he prayed that the cnp 
might be taken from him, then added, " Never- 
theless, not my will, but thine be done." Luke 
22: 42. If Jesns could with propriety use the ex- 
pression, when praying concerning a fixed matter, 
clearly settled by what God had said, why may 
we not also use it in onr prayers on all occa- 
sions? In our judgment it is quite appropriate 
to so address the Lord in the prayer over the 
anointed sick. 



Not all prayers of even just men are answered. 
Three times did Paul pray the Lord to remove 
the thorn in his flesh, yet it was not done. The 
only answer he ever received to his earnest three- 
fold petition was, "My grace is suflioient for 
thee." Paul most assuredly had faith, not proba- 
bly so muoh about the removing of the thorn, as 
that the Lord would do just the right thing. 

The expression, " Whatsoever ye shall ask in 
prayer, believing, ye shall receive," muBt be in- 
terpreted in harmony with the general tenor of 
the Soriptures. The "believing" here required 
is faith in God and his Word, believing that 
the Judge of all the earth will do right. The 
faith is not to be in what we want God to accom- 
plish for us, but in his power, wisdom and Word. 
Most Christians ask God for personal favors in 
times of misfortune and distress when the grace 
of God, well applied to their condition, would 
prove suflioient to tide them over their misfor- 
tunes. We often pray for God to relieve us from 
suffering, — and it is but natural that we should 
do so, — when we ought to petition him for sus- 
taining grace. Thousands who knowingly violate 
the laws of nature and thereby bring disease and 
suffering upon themselves, need to pray God for 
mercy, grace, help and strength that they mBy 
be able to endure and finally recover from afflic- 
tion, but instead of so doing they often pray the 
Lord to come, and, by his personal power, raise 
them up that they may go about their personal 
duties. They forget that the hand of God may 
be in natnre as well as in revelation and in mira- 
oles. We need more of that faith which prompts 
us to accept and obey the Scriptures in all things, 
then do onr utmost to obey the lawe of nature al- 
so, and trust God for the rest, knowing that we 
are his, and that he will take care of us, not only 
in this life, but in that which is to come. 

It is the faith that gives ua confidence in God's 
Word, in his wisdom, power and overruling 
Providence that we need in connection with all 
our prayers. That is the faith Paul had. It is 
the faith that all the tried and true among God's 
ancient people had. It ie the faith that prompt- 
ed them to study God's will and do their working 
and praying along that line. With this abiding 
faith in our hearts we will ever be ready to say, 
at all times, and on all occasions, " Not my will, 
but thine be done." J. H M 



CALIS FOE MONEY. 



We receive many requests to publish oalls 
for money to build houses of worship in varions 
parts of the country, and even in cities. Some 
have a honee nearly completed, and need money 
to finish it, and desiro to make a public call 
through the paper for that purpose. It would 
astonish onr readers were we to tell them how 
many calls of this character are sent us for pub- 
lication. Our rule is to decline all such calls 
save those approved by the General Mission 
Board. That Board has special provisions for 
assisting poor churches in erecting houses of 
worship, and such congregations needing help 
should apply to the Beard for necessary instruc- 
tions how to proceed. 

But there is another class of calls against which 
onr readers need special warning. We mean 
these printed calls that are sent through the 
mails, promiscuously to all the churohes in the 
Brotherhood. If such calls are made at all they 
should first have the approval of the Board, so 



the churches will know that each call is a worthy 
one, for this Board will approve of no call 
before its merits are fully investigated. One 
of these printed calls is now on our desk. It 
has never been approved by any Mission Board, 
not eveu by the church from which it cornea. 
It is at a place where a house of worship is very 
much needed, but the movers of the project are 
taking the wrong course to secure the needed as- 
sistance. 

There is a right way to do these things; then 
there is a wrong way. Besides, all the calls 
made to the Brotherhood for assistance should 
be made in a way that will increase rather than 
weaken the confidence of our people in these 
calls. As a rule, the Brethren are willing to 
contribute freely in support of a worthy cause, 
but they do not like to be imposed npon. Hence 
we caution our people against calls sent through 
the mails, or otherwise, not properly endorsed. 
Any call published in the Messenger can be de- 
pended upon, bb we give nothing of that natnre 
to the public that has not in some legal way 
been endorsed by those authorized to do so. 

Most people are mistaken conoerning the val- 
ue of a call made through a newspaper. They 
imagine that public calls are liberally responded 
to. This depends npon the natnre of the call, 
how it is made, and the number of oalls pub- 
lished. Were we to publish all the oalls sent 
ns they would soon become repulsive to our 
readers, and scarcely one of them wonld receive 
any attention, but by admitting only a few, and 
these only after they have been properly ap- 
proved, we succeed in keeping up the confidence 
of our readers so that when a oall is made they 
will respond to it liberally. J. H, M. 



Tee late John Oreger, who left over two mill- 
ion dollars for the founding of a public library 
in Chioago, had some sensible notions about the 
class of books the publio should read. In his 
will he wrote: 

" I desire the books and periodicals selected with a view to 
create and sustain a healthy moral and Christian sentiment 
in the community, and that all nastiness and immorality be 
excluded. I do not mean by this that there shall not be 
anything but hymn-books and sermons, but I mean that 
dirty French novels and all skeptical trash and works of 
questionable moral tone shall never be found In this library. 
I want Its atmosphere that of Christian refinement, and its 
aim and object the building up of character." 

There is much good common sense in this para- 
graph. 



Notes from Our Correspondents. 



Beaver Ban, W. Vs.— Eld. W. A. Gaunt held a 
aeries of meetings for ns in onr home church in 
the month of September; the immediate result 
was four additions by baptism. Our brother was 
called home on account of his wife's illness. We 
felt that the meetings closed too soon; but the 
Lord's ways are not our ways. — D. B. Arnold, 
Burlington, W. Va., Deo. 13. 

Los Angeles, Gal Bro. Win. J. Thomas, of Ames, 

Iowa, preaohed an acceptable sermon at 610 
Downey Ave. the evening of Dec 23. On Christ- 
mas day we had a Bible reading on the Birth of 
Christ, and the audience did the work well. Bro. 
Henry Witmore, of Findley, Ohio, is sojourning 
here, with a view of becoming a perman ent resi- 
dent later on. The spiritual outlook for the 
church here is hopeful, as every one seems to be 
helpful in every good work.— M. M, Eahelman 



January 16, 1896. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



Centre View, Bo.— Onr obnrcli met in regulai 
quarterly oounoil to-day. Brethren James 
Holloway and E. A. Markey were elected as min 
isters and Bro. Leroy Stoner was elected as dea. 
con. Bro. S. M. Eby waa alvanced to the 
second degree of the ministry— E. A. Markey, 
Deo. 28. 

lent Serral, Ho. —Bro. Israel Gripe commenced a 
series of meetings at Victory Plains Bchoolhouse 
in the western part of the Walnnt Greek congre- 
gation Dec. 9, oontinning until Dec. 23 The 
interest was good during the entire meeting. 
There were no accessions to the church, but one 
promised to come soon — Lillie Maxwell, Dec. 
28 

Tropico, Oal.-Eld. Enoch Eby, of Booth, Kans., 
came to this place Dec 4, to hold a series of 
meetings. He gave us ten Gospel sermons, 
which greatly encouraged the members to press 
onward and upward. Any ministering brethren, 
coming to Oalifornia, will be gladly welcomed 
among na. . The field is large, but the laborers are 
few.— Clara B. Wolf, Deo. 22. 

Yellow Oreek Onnrch, lad — Our quarterly council- 
meeting was held the last Saturday of Novem 
ber. It was a very quiet and pleasant meeting 
Our aeries of meetings held by Bro. I. D. Parker, 
of Elkhart, resulted in the conversion of five pre- 
cious souls. The seed of Truth sown, we hope, 
will in the near future win other aoule from the 
path of darkness. — I. S. Burnt, Dea. 30. 

Mall, Bans — Bro. Theodore B. Young, from 
Wichita, came to us Dec. 22 and held a meeting 
in Bushnell schoolhonse. He continued meetings 
over Ohristmas. Bro. Young is truly a workman 
that needeth not to be ashamed, for he can and 
do9» rightly divide the Word. He caused many 
to go home and read their Bibles. Some are 
almost persuaded. My own husband and some of 
my children would come if they could hear the 
Gospel preached more. — Mary E. MoCutchen, 
Die. 29. 

La Porte, Ind. — At our council Saturday a mute 
brother was chosen to the ministry. The install- 
ment service is to be attended to at next council- 
meeting. It was also thought good to authorize 
Bro. John Collins and sister Lola Gross to act as 
interpreters for the mutes. Those who may need 
such seivioe may correspond with them at Water- 
ford, La Porte Go., Ind. A proposition to build 
a ohurchhonie at Waterford received favorable 
consideration, and is to be built in the near f u- 
tnre.— Thurston Miller, Dec. 31. 

Frederick, Bd.— Bro. 0. G. Lint oame to us Nov. 
4, In wielding the Sword of the Spirit he 
showed that it is sharper than any two-edged 
sword. One precious soul has been reoeived 
since the close of our meetings. One of the feat- 
ures of our meetings was the song service. This, 
we believe, ia an essential to success. We are 
glad to state we are keeping up the interest in 
singing by meeting half an honr before the regu- 
lar hour for services, and it has helped our meet- 
ings materially, — much more interest being mani- 
fested.— P. D. Fahrney, Deo. 20. 

Shade Oreek Congregation, Pa.— Our home minis- 
ters commenced a series of meetings at Gross 
Koad house, Dec. 15, and continued till the 24th. 
We have not many brethren living near this 
Place, but the meetings were well attended by onr 
brethren and profesaors of other denominations 
and their ohildren. There were no additions to 
the church, but we do hope the seed sown will 
spring np and bring fruit to the glory of God. 
The brethren were encouraged and strengthened 
'u faith, and we do need encouragement in the 
divine iKe—DemiW HoUopple, Hummel, Pa. 



Burr Oak, Kans.-Bro. Charles Hillery of Weber, 
Kans., is holding a very interesting meeting at 
this place. The interest is growing every day and 
his valuable sermons are highly appreciated by all 
who hear him.-C S. Bojf, Dec. 31. 

Jonathan Oreek, Ohlo.-This church cannot boast 
of additions by the score, bnt nevertheless has in- 
creased. Daring the past year two series of 
meetings ware held by Q Leckrone, resulting in 
seven additions by baptism and one restored. 
Two were lost by death, bnt none by expulsion. 
We feel encouraged with the outlook, consider- 
ing that we are isolated from any church of the 
Brethren. We number one hundred anil fifly- 
five members.— Jacob Leckrone, Deo. 29. 

Pyrmont, Iad.-Oa Thanksgiving we had services 
at this place, preaching by Eld. I. Billheimer. 
After services a collection of S8 62 was taken for 
the Western sufferers. We also had services on 
Obrislmas Ece and on Ohristmas Day. Yesterday 
was our regular appointment here. Brethren A 
B. Peters and G. W. Stong, from Oando, N. Dit,, 
are with us. Bro, Peters will preach for us each 
til after New Year. Feb. 23 Bro. 
Henry Frantz, of Ohio, is exp3cted to commence 
a series of meetings at this place.—/. W. Veiter 
Dec 31. 

Des noines, Iowa.-Sinoe the Brethren of Dea 
Moines have purchased a church property, which 
is located on East Lion St., No. 1606, we have 
regular aervices every Sunday as follows: Sun- 
day school at 10, and preaching or social service 
at 11 A. M., and at 7: 30 P. M. Prayer meeting 
every Thursday at 7:30 P. M. All Brethren, and 
especially ministering brethren, are invited to 
give us a call, as they oan find an opportunity to 
preach for us at any time. Brethren ooming to 
the city are welcome to stop with Bro. Conrad 
Dietz, No. 725 East Maple St., or Bro. Henry 
Glays, 624 Southeast 12th St., or D. E. Weigle, 
1160 West 1st St — D. E. Weigle, Dec. 28. 

Helzer, Kans — The Walnut Valley church held 
their regular .quarterly council Die. 15 Bre. 
Daniel Vaniman, of McPherson, presided over 
the meeting. The business waa disposed of in a 
Christian manner. Oar Sunday school will be 
oontinned through the year. The prayer meeting 
was organized Wednesday evening, one week ago. 
The church also decided to hold a week's meet- 
ings during the Holidays, to be conducted by the 
home ministers. Bro. D. S. Clapper, of Galva, 
Kans., reoently held a series of meetings here. 
He preaches the Word with skill. One young 
brother came out from the world and waa bap- 
tized. The writer, who had wandered away from 
the church, waa made to realize it is good to dwell 
with the people of God and enjoy tho work of the 
Lord. — Leonard Clapper, Dec. 19 



Falcon, Va.— Bro. Noah Beed and Samuel Spang- 
Ier came to the Slueher eehoolhouae and held 
eight meetings. Five were baptized, four Iamba 
from fourteen to eighteen years and a middle- 
aged man. The brethren did not fail to do their 
part. The m. rubers were there to hold up the 
arms of the ministers. That is what makes suc- 
cessful meetings. When the membership fail it 
makes a failure all around.- 
Dcc 29. 



Slttsher, 



Cottonwood Church, Kans,— We met in quarterly 
council Dec. 15, lb94, with Bro. J. D. TroBtle as 
moderator. Onr number was small on account of 
bad weather, but all business that came up, was 
disposed of in a way that gave satisfaction to all 
present. The Lord Beems to be working for us 
and with us. May we all work in harmony with 
him I Bro. A. L. Pearsoll and wife and D. B. 
Gripe and wife were received by letter. We are 
truly glad to have them come and make their 
home among us. They are located in Dnnlap. 
Their aim is to work for the best interest of the 
ohnroh. They can do much good for the Lord. 
Bro. Pearsoll is an elder and Bro, Cripe a minis- 
ter in the eeoond degree. May the Lord bless 
theml Our church at this point ia in good work- 
ing order now. We have seen some dark days, 
but the clouds have passed away, and it is Bnn- 
shine again. Praise God from whom all blessings 
flow I— John S. Clark, Dec. 28. 



Yellow Creek, Pa —Eld. 8. B. Zag and wife, from 
Masteraonville, Pa, came to our congregation 
Nov. 2t and remained till Deo. 11. Bro. Zng 
preached plain, practical sermons and tried to en- 
courage all to a higher Christian life. The church 
wao built up and during the meetings one young 
sister united with the church, and since one more 
young sister made the good choice. Sister Zog 
is a kind, motherly sister, and all enjojed her 
presence among us very much.— S. A. Buck, 
New Enterprise, Pa., Due. 27. 

Pine Creek, 111.— Bro I. N. H. Beahm began 
meetings in Polo, III , Dec 3, and continued with 
good interest and attendance for three weeks and 
oloaed on Sunday evening before Ohristmas. As 
an immediate result of the meetings five were 
added to tho church by baptism. On Ohriatmas 
evening, at 4 P. M., we held a love feast. About 
one hundred and forty members com- 
muned. Only four were not members of the 
Pine Creek congregation. Thia feast was held 
specially for the benefit of those who recently 
joined the church. Bro. Edmond Forney, our 
elder, officiated. It was one of the best feasts we 
ever attended. Many expressed themselves in 
the same way. There is quite a contrast between 
a quiet [ love feait and a hilariona Ohristmas 
entertainment of popular kind, whioh is so com- 
mon in our country. The Pine Oeek church has 
decided to continue her two Sanday schools 
during the winter months. This is our firat trial. 
I know this can be done with the best of results, 
having had five years' experience in the West in 
a Sunday school which was kept alive through all 
the months of the year. — John Eeekman. 

Palestine, irk —Our meetings in the Long Oreek 
church, Poinsett Oo., Ark, closed Dec. 23, having 
continued five weeks. The meetings, except one 
appointment, were held at two different houses 
and much interest was manifested. The Lord's 
Spirit was at work among the people, and as an 
immediate result twelve precious souls were made 
willing to walk with the people of God. Others 
were " almost persuaded " and onr prayer is that 
they may yet oome. The church at this place is 
greatly in need of a reeident minister, as the pros- 
psct is good for building up a large ohurch. Un- 
til other arrangements can be made we have 
agreed to meet with them once a month in regu- 
lar aerviaes. Who will come to help bnild up the 
cause in this field? Thus far we have enjoyed 
the work among the people here very much. 
True, there are diaconragements at times, but 
nothing to compare with what Paul and his co- 
laborers met with. People are anxious and will- 
ing to hear the Word, and when preached in its 
simplicity and purity, others cannot but accept 
it as a truth, though they do not practice it them- 
selves. To be successful here it ia necessary to 
meet the people in their homes and be one with 
them, — not above them, — give them an encourag- 
ing word and sympathize with them in their af- 
flictions. Bead the Bible to them and talk to 
them of God's love and the duty we owe him, and 
t cannot but have its effect for good. This any 
of us oan do who has the love of souls at heart 
and who ie willing to spend and be spent for the 
Master's sake. May the cause of Zion prosper 
! everywherel— D, L. Forney, Dec. 31. 



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THE GOSF'BJL MESSENGEIJ. 



January 15, 1896. 



Tobiisville, Hi.— To-dsy is New Tear, 1895. The 
Beaverdam (Md.) chnroh is happy again in that 
on laet Sunday two more were baptized, making 
five within the last month. During the past 
year many have oome into the fold, casing the 
members to greatly rejoice, and to give God the 
praise for his goodness and mercy. Then, on 
the other hand, at different times during the 
whole year, diphtheria has been raging, and many 
children of the members have died, oausing great 
sadness in the ohurob.— Geo. K. Sappington. 

Basontown, Pa. — I am surprised to hear our 
brethren, who own good farms, say times are too 
hard to pay for the Messenger, and at the same 
time pay SI 50 for their Oonnly paper. One 
man said, " Times are too hard to get the money." 
I said, " Ton spend more money for tobacco in 
one year than the Messenger would coBt" I 
will try to do all I can for the Messenger, for 
there is no ouoh a paper in all our ooantry as 
the Messenger for good reading. — John A. Wal- 
ters. 

Liberty, 111.— Our love feast was held Christmas 
eve. Forty-Bix communed. Eld. G. W. Oripe 
was assisted by Bro. D. B. Gibson, of Oerro 
Gordo, and H. W. Strickler, of Loraine. "We 
had meeting on Christmas at 11 A. M. Bro. 
Gibson preached an able and interesting sermon 
from Luke 2:11, 15. Bro. G. W. Cripe held 
a series of meetings at. Lost Prairie achoolhouse, 
five mileB northeast of Liberty, previous to the 
Communion, which resulted in two uniting with 
us. They were baptized by Bro. Oripe on Christ- 
mas at 3 P. M.— Boieri B. Carr, Deo. 26. 

Antletani, Pa. — The "old ship Zion" has been 
steadily moving along, taking in passengers along 
the way, bound for the celestial port of heaven. 
Borne have already landed. OtherB, according to 
the course of nature, are nearing the port. Who 
will be the' next to land ? God only knows 
During the year 189A sixfcy-seven have been bap- 
tized in this congregation, one reclaimed and 
seven received by letter. We expect to hold 
a series of meetings commencing Jan. 5, 1895. — 
Darnel Bock, Dec 31, 

Wabasn, Ind.— Bro. J. M. LBir, of Mexico, Ind 
came to ns Dec. 8 and remained until Deo. 25, 
preaching in all tiventy-five soul-cheering ser- 
mons, including a double funeral Deo. 16 The 
meetings continued with good attendance and 
attention, considering opposition iu the neighbor- 
hood, — two other churches holding meetings at 
the same time. Saints were built up and sin- 
ners warned of their condition. As an immediate 
result, three were baptized, one being the father 
of the boys referred to above, as having been 
bnried at one time. There are two more ap- 
plicants for baptism.— Clara Livengood, Jan. 2. 

Slate Creek Church, Kans The health here is 

generally good. Quite a number of brethren 
here moved from this congregation to Oklahoma 
during the past season and a few to other points, 
thereby decreasing our number; two of those 
moving away were ministers, viz., I. W. Leather- 
man, to Deep Water, Harris Co., Tex., and our 
elder, John Wise, to Pennsylvania. We have 
chosen Eld. Henry Brubaker to take charge 
of ns now, since Bro. Wise has left, and we ex. 
pect him with us for the first time, as our elder, 
at our next quarterly council-meeting, Feb. 9, 
We have decreased in number until we number 
only about one hundred and fifteen, yet I am 
not alone in believing that we have inoreaied 
in faith and love. We have preaching at the 
church every Sunday morning at eleven and 
sooial meetings in the evening at seven. Onr 
Sunday school adjourned till April 1.—J. 
Leatherman, Jan, 1. 



, Va — Bro. S. A Sanger came to the 
Beaver Creek congregation Die. 1 and commenced 
preaching in the Emmanuel's ohurchhouse, con- 
tinuing until the night of the 16*, preaching 
in all nineteen sermons. During the meeting 
two young brethren and five young sisters were 
led into the stream and bnried with Christ in 
baptism. We think many more are counting 
the cost. Bro. Sanger did his part of the work 
well— A. A. Miller, Die 27. 

Okla.— The Big Creek chnreh met in 
quarterly council on OhristmBS Day. It was 
the second council-meeting the members have 
had here and seemed to be enjoyed by all pres- 
ent A good many outsiders were present also, 
who seem anxious to learn of our ways. Twelve 
were received by letter and there are four more 
to give their letters in yet The church numbers 
thirty-four in all. Two lots in Onshing have 
been given to the Brethren to build a church- 
house on; but as we are all poor and new begin- 
ners we deoided to wait until next year to build. 
We were all admonished to keep firm and stead- 
fast in the faith. There is only meeting every 
two weeks for the present. This is a new country 
for us, only having been here four weeks; but 
so far we are all very well pleased, There are 
brethren coming continually to see the country. 
Lottie E. Carver, Dec 26. 

Boast Hopb Church, Okla.— The Mount Hope 
church met Nov. 29, Thanksgiving Day, and 
concluded to continue meetings, the heme min- 
istry, brethren George W. Landis and J. Bru- 
baker doing the preaching. The Word was held 
forth from night to night for ten days. Three 
made the good confession. This makes four 
since our last report. This church is not " mov- 
ing on in the even tenor of the way," as some 
write, but is aggressive, keeping np a constant 
fire on the enemy. Oklahoma is destined to be 
a stronghold for the Brethren. We have now 
eight churches organized in the Territory and 
more in prospect, In almoat all of these con- 
gregations we have brave-hearted, strong men 
and women that stand firm. I am glad to in- 
form the Mebsengeb readers that we have a 
prosperous, evergreen Sunday school, one in 
which our young are fast being disciplined for 
Christ. Our young Bro. F. B. Landis is Super- 
intendent at present and is an elfi lient worker 
and a good instructor. — A. J. Peth'er, Cresceni, 
Okla., Dec. 24. 

Bridgewator, Va.— Dec. 3 Bro. 8. N. McOaon be. 
gan a series of meetings at the Brethren's meet- 
inghouse at this place and continued four weeks. 
The meetings were well attended and a good 
interest manifested on the part of many. Forty- 
one were baptized, three reclaimed and there are 
several applicants for membership yet. Ice four 
inches thick was cut from North River the 
last day of the meeting to open a place for bap- 
tism. We think the cause hao been much built 
up by this meeting. Much joy was realized 
seeing so many sinners turning to God. Our 
Bible term will begin Jan. 2 and continue four 
weeks. Bro. D. h. Miller expects to be with 
ns Jan. 19 and remain ten days. Feb. i we ex- 
pect the Missionary and Tract Committee to meet 
at this place. We hope to have the eeveral 
members of the Committee spend some days with 
us. We are arranging for a series of meetings 
in the College Chape! and one at the Garber 
meetinghouse in the east end of our congrega- 
tion in the near future. About two hundred 
members have been baptized in Rookingham 
and Augusta Counties in a little over a year's 
time; yet there are many others who ought to 
be saved. May God oontinue his blessings to 
us.— 8. F. Sanger. 



Fairview, Iowa.— Dec. 17 Eld. A. Wolf, of Jeffer- 
son County, Iowa, came to us and began a series 
of meetings which lasted over Christmas. This 
churoh met in council Dec. 8. All bnsiness 
was attended to in a spirit of love. On Sunday 
before Christmas one dear soul came out on the 
Lord's Bide and was baptized. On Christmas 
eve, prior to our Communion service, an election 
was held for a minister. The choice between 
brethren Ollie Leavell and Orlando Ogden was 
so close that the churoh deoided to install both 
of them. The ordinances of the honse of God 
were then engaged in, and it was truly a feast 
of love. After services one brother, who came 
about twenty miles, made application for baptism 
and one brother who had wandered away was 
reclaimed. On Christmas Day two more breth- 
ren were made willing to accept Christ, one about 
sixty-five yearn old, who was formerly a member 
of the Winebrennarian ohurch. Thna fonr were 
added to the church by baptism and one re- 
claimed,— all heads of families. Meeting closed 
with good interest— W. H. Leavell, Unionville, 
Iown, Jan. 2. 

Brownsville, Bd. — The Ministerial Meeting for 
the Western District of Maryland occurred Deo. 
26 and 27, aa announced in the Messenger. The 
organization of laat meeting was continued, — Eld. 
Eli Yourtee, Moderator, and W. S. Reichard, Sec- 
retary. Bro. S. F. Sanger, of Virginia, was pres- 
ent and elected an honorary member and took 
part in the discussions. There was a fair attend- 
ance, notwithstanding the snowy, stormy weath- 
er. The different snbjeots were interestingly 
and feelingly discussed. We are sorry that some 
of the ministering brethren to whom subjects 
were assigned were absent. All present were 
edified and benefited by the meeting. I shall 
not attempt to mention all the points brought 
out on the different subjects. Suffice it to say 
that one prominent thought was that it was not, 
strictly speaking, a Ministerial Meeting, but all 
member*, both brethren and sisters, could take 
part in the discussions and that the ohurch can 
say they are our meetings and not confined to 
the ministry alone, as the name would indicate. 
I am convinced that meetings, conduoted as this 
one was, cannot help being productive of great 
good in increasing that fraternal feeling that 
should always exist between the ministry and 
the laity— Geo. W. Kaeizel, Dec 31. 



Camp Creek Ohnrcn, 111.— We recently had a visit 
from Bro. D. B. Gibson, the elder in charge of 
this church. The elder had not been with us 
for a considerable time, and the object of the 
visit was partly to disoharge his duties as pre- 
siding elder of this church, in making a house- 
to-house visit among the members, in compliance 
with the advice of Annual Meeting to elderg 
in charge of churches. The brother seemed to 
be pleased with the condition and prosperity 
of the ohurch. For this we are glad, as we are 
partly responsible for the welfare and prosperity 
of the church. The prevalence of love and union 
is no more than what should characterize all 
of God's people. For if we live np to the Golden 
Rule, individually, and do to onr fellow brother 
and sister as we wish them to do to us, it is. 
then not likely that we will have much trouble 
when we come together to hold our council-meet- 
ings. The elder remained with us about one 
week, and preached in the village of Fandon 
every evening, to fair congregations. His ser- 
mons were impressive and well received. At the 
invitation given at the last service, one young 
man came forward to cast his lot with the peo- 
ple of God. The rite of baptism was adminis- 
tered to the applicant subsequently. — 3. S. Hum- 
mer, Colchester, III., Deo. 27, 



January 16, 



THK gospel messenger. 



COKKESPONDENCE. 



pyChcrch Hews solicited lor this Department, H 1 
r j3d meeting, lend a repott ol It, so that others may rejoice with yor 
In writing give name ol churcn, County and 3ute. Be brlei. Notes c 
Travel Bhould be as short as possible. Land Advertisements are not ic 
Udted for this Department, We have an advertising page, and, 11 neesi 
nary, will Issue supplements. 



From Cedar County, Iowa. 

Deo 17 Bro. Silaa Gilbert, of Ohio, oam.9 into 
onr midst, for the purpose of aeeing our country 
and finding a location. We visited Bro. Joseph 
Scott's, near Lost Nation. We found Bro. Scott 
quite poorly with cancer in the face. Deo. 19 we 
visited Eld. Joshna Shultz, in Elwool, who is 
still able to be abont, In the evening Bro. Gil- 
bert preaohed in the Presbyterian church to an 
attentive congregation. Nex' day we visited sis- 
ter Hill near Calamus, 

We started for Muscatine County, Dec. 21. On 
Sunday, Deo. 23, we held oar first meeting in the 
Union Mission chnroh in the western part of the 
city of Muscatine, where a nu-jsbsr of oar Breth- 
ren's children live. Brc. Gilbert delivered a 
good discourse on conversion to a well fided 
house of attentive listeners, after which Bro. J. 
E Keller read Matt. 18: 10-22 and laid the or- 
der and some of the characteristics of the church 
before the applicant for baptism. The applicant 
was the wife of Bro. J. J. Ulrey. We then pro- 
ceeded to the grand old Mississippi, where she 
was buried with Christ in holy baptism. This 
was the first baptism we had ever seen in this 
great river, and to ns it seemed grand as well as 
sublime. From the interest and kindness shown 
us at this plaoe, we hope for good results in the 
future. In the evening Bro. Gilbert preaohed 
five miles north of the city at North Star, on 
Christ's great invitation, " Come to Me." 

After sojonrning with ns a few days, Bro. Gil- 
bert left us for Marshalltown, Iowa. He was very 
favorably impressed with onr country, and while a 
suitable place was not found at present, we sin- 
cerely hope that the Lord may provide the way 
by which he may be enabled to locate with ns. 
Eastern Iowa is still needing mnch ministerial 
help. In the Counties of Jackson, Jones, Clinton, 
Cedar, Scott and Muscatine we have members 
soattered with two organized ohnrches and only 
four preacherB, one of whom is superannuated and 
one having but little experience in the work. 
May the Lord send more laborers into his vine- 
yard! John Zdok. 

A Few Items. 



To-day is Christmas. To many it will be a day 
of rejoicing and gladness, the day only having 
good things in store for them, while others, again, 
will feel the pinch of poverty and hard times, 
hardly having, perhaps, enough to eat and com- 
fortably clothe themselves. How is it with yon, 
reader? Has Providenoe graoiously smiled on 
you in the past? Have you enongh to eat and to 
wear? Is yours tbe lot of enjoying a home of 
your own? Have sickness, death and misfortune 
not entered your threshold this past year and 
made yonr life bitter and sorrowful? Surely yon 
onght to know how it ia with you. And if the 
Lord has been a gentle and good shepherd to you, 
and yonrs has been green pastures of heavenly 
goodness, with no clouds of bereavement and sor- 
row to fill your heart, then yours ought to be a 
joyful and happy Christmas. But if the Lord 
has been thus good to ns, and home and plenty are 
ours to enjoy, while around us are poverty and 
want, wretchedness and sorrow, then truly Christ- 
mas can only be the Christ day to us as we con- 
tribute to those around no and make their wants 



and needs less pinching and sorrowful. What 
shall be the record of this bleisa.-l day— Christ- 
mas? It iB for you and me t, decide for oar- 
selves. Let the day be a useful, j >,fol. happy 
one. Let parents make the day a day of good 
oheer to their children, the children t) their 
parents, neighbors to eacU ether and let there be 
a willing aud plentiful remembraucj of the poor 
and unfortunate in their needs, then will the 
day be a happy Christmas to us all. 



It is in onr mind to say something in these 
" Items" on city evangelism, as the Brotherhood 
is getting awake to the duty and importance of 
preaching the Gospel to the towns and oities also 
That a certain condition of things make it 
necessary to make more of an effort to build up 
churches in the towns and cities is evident to the 
half-awake observer. Let us cite an illustration cf 
the fact, and the one we shall cite is bat one of the 
many that may be and can be cited. In our own 
chaich in the last year and a half fully a dozan 
or more of our own members have removed to 
various towns and cities, the changes havicgToeen 
considered for the batter from the varionB stand- 
points these changes were considered and made. 
And one thing is evident in the case, that either 
these members who have removed from ns must 
have a people of their own choice and faith to 
worship with, or identify themselves with some 
other ohuroh. A change cf ohuroh relationship 
in enoh a case may be considered the thing to do, 
and in casea when one church may be considered 
as good as another, perhaps such a change might 
as well bo made; but, surely, in cases where there 
has been proper and judicious indoctrination of 
onr doctrines and principles, aud where the voice 
and decision of conscience are involved and have 
to do in the change to be made, then such a coarse 
would be wholly unwarranted and wrong. 

It has been the history of our church in the 
past, that in cases of removal of members from 
an organiz 3d church into a locality where there 
was no chuioh, preaching was soon called for by 
ministers in the Brotherhood and an organiz ition 
effected sooner or later. Four of onr largest and 
most kflaential churches have been established 
in this way. Now had these members in moving 
away from organizad churches into localities 
where there was no charch of their own faith and 
order, just identified themBelveB with some other 
church in the 3mnaal!;y, what would have been 
the result? No church of our own for one thing, 
and a betrayal, in tho second place, of the fact 
that our church is just as good as another, that in 
all of them the Goapel is preached and praotioed, 
a fact which we are by no means ready and will- 
ing to admit. But let us not drift from the main 
thought we have in view. 

Years ago the removal of our members has been 
only to the different farming districts, principally 
to the West. Now the thing is in some respeots 
ohaDged. Our young men are becoming educated 
as they grow up Farming has no attraction for 
them as it had for their fathers. Ciiies and 
towns offer better inducements. Various profes- 
sions and channels of business from the cities and 
towns are calling for our young people, and from 
all over the Brotherhood our sons and daughters 
are drifting more and more towards the cities and 
towns. Such is the case now. Does not this fact, 
therefore, and the fact, moreover, that the towns 
and cities are tho places to preach the Gospel, 
convince us and teach us the necessity of looking 
after the cause oE the Master in the towns and 
cities more earreitly and faithfully in the future 
than has been the case in the past? 

J, T. Msees, 

Oaks, Pa. 



A Call for Preaching. 



My dear brethren, we do not wiBh to make 
any complaint, but we feel somewhat neglected, 
or rather forgotten, by the Brethren. My hus- 
band and I were raised in Virginia where there 
was a large membership. We came to Nebraska 
three years ago this fall, and we have tried 
ever since we have been here, to encourage some 
minister to come here and locate, or to come 
and preach for us and to organize a church. 
We have twelve members here, at and near 
Glen Kock. We hold onr membership at Falls 
Oity. Bro. Peter Whitmer, our elder, has given 
us several sermons and the Mission Board sent 
a preaoher from Beatrice for awhile; then the 
mission work stopped and we have not had any 
prtaohing here by the Brethren for about six- 
teen months. We would be more than glad if 
some of our good ministers would take our iso- 
lated condition under consideration and come and 
preach for na and make thia their home. This 
is a fine country and health generally good. If 
some one will come G:>d will suroly reward him. 
We are poor, but we are more than willing 
to do all we can to help all we are able. We 
ask the sympathy of all who read this. 

Mibiam Maxcy. 

From Markleysburg, Pa. 

I commenced a little meeting at the Asherglade 
Bchoolhouoe, Maryland, Dec. 8, and continued 
till tbe 16;h, when I closed on account of an 
appointment at the Independent schoolhouse, 
Pennsylvania, where I commenced meeting on 
the 18th, and closed on the 26th. Eld. J. 0. 
Johnson preached twice at the Glade meeting 
and Bro. M. J. Weller preaohed once at the 
Independent appointment. In all there were 
eleven meetings at the Glade and nine at Inde- 
pendent. Aa an immediate result, eight young 
sisters were baptizsd at the Glade and there 
was one applicant, a sister, and one baptized, 
also a sister, at the Independent. Both of the 
above appointments are in the Markleysburg 
congregation. 

I would like to say a iew words in regard to 
ministers holding series of meetings in their 
home congregations. The first appointment 
named above is only abont a mile from the place 
where I was born and raised and where I now 
reside. It is the plac3 where I went to school; 
also the place where I tried to teaah school 
for four winters, and the place where we have 
had regular preaching ever since I have been 
in the ministry,— ten 5 ears. The above is the 
third little series of meetings I have held at that 
place, and have bapt'zsd tbirty.five persons. 
These are some of my old schoolmates, some cf 
my scholars, and some of the leading men and 
women of this community. The very people 
that were raised up with and around and about 
me are the ones I have been gathering into the 
church. My brethren, there ia no reason why 
we cannot hold as good meetings in our home 
congregations as we oan away from home. Oae 
thiog is to go at the work trusting and depend- 
ing on the Lord. Another thing is for our ac- 
tions and conduct in our every-day life to agree 
with our profession, so that people will have 
confidence in ns, that we are the people we claim 
to be. As we are nearing the goal let us all 
endeavor to be more consecrated to the work 
of our Heavenly Master. May the blessings 
of God ever rest on his dear church and people, 
and especially on the dear young people that 
are coming to the church in great numbers. 

Jasper Barnthouse. 



r.H\E' GOSPEL MESSBNGE3 



January 16. 1896. 



Our Home Mission. 

There a-e a number of churches that look for 
plans to helo their miautfin. With this in viww 
I give a plan formulated by the Kick Run church 
two years ago, which meets with gem.ral approval. 

We hsve what w« t-:ui a homo raiesion, that ia 
a mission that work* within bounds of the home 
church at all isolate* v-oints. We give a a, ma of 
meetings once a year, ab bough our congregation 
is only eleven miles long and nine miles wide, 
with our church bouse situated near the center. 

There is a commit tee chosen by the church to 
look after the place, prepare the house and attend 
to all business m that liae. This commit e con- 
sists of foreman, t:easur3r aad secretary Co t\ e 
one holding that meeting we give one dollar a day 
and current expenses, and to all those > m iafcng 
at funera's, if not otherwise provide! for, I e 
same. This monay ia raisad by the su .:: p Loa 
plan and free-will offerings, whicii haebeenfiuc 
ossafnl 

One of these meetings has just closed, which 
was conducted by our elder, I. L. Berkey. It ie- 
sulted in eight additions by baptism,— all jcn:;g 
married people except one single brother. There 
is one to be reclaimed. Two that mede applica- 
tion for membership, but did not undyrstand the 
mode of baptiam, desire a further investigation. 
There are a number at that point that never eaw 
our people baptize. 

The Risk Son church has htcreaied her mem- 
berehip one hundred during the last twenty-three 
months; and fifty-one in the last year. 

We, as a church, think this the beet plan to 
substantially build up our church and help our 
ministers. R. W. Davenport. 

Goshen, hid. ___^^_^_ 

The First District of Virginia 

What is said of fcha absve D'fitrict, in ra&a? 
particulars may apply to other Districts in our 
Brotherhood Tie Annual Meeting has very 
wisely required tha'; cur femtojj ebon In be laid 
off into congregatioas and State Districts. 1ms 
places the responsibility ou each District to work 
its own territory. Oao S r ate District is not v^ry 
liable to assume the respocfeib-iiiy of woikinp 
another's territory. 

The above District embraces between 10 000 
and 12,000 square miles, of which about 2,000 
square miles tave been partially worked. I Co 
not mention this fact to ca&t reflections en :is$ 
one, but simply to show our responsibilities and 
stir up our pure minda and stimulate ua to ac- 
tion. 

Our District Mission Bosrd has recently paaaed 
a resolution whicn will throw a considerable 
responsibility on the eMers of onr District in os&e 
they refuse to work in harmony wi&b the Bosra. 
This we regard as a move in the right dirtction- 
A pnvate member in the District proposes to 
give $25 a year for ten rears, to bg need ia 
evangel:'zing our District, This brother is isolat- 
ed and has been deprived of church privileges 
and this is an unsolicited (nSr. Are there not 
ninety-nine other brethren in the District who 
will do likewise? The Board would like to work 
if they had the means. 

We saggeat the following plan r-f operation (o 
this as well as other State Districts: Let the 
Board appoint evangelists, to be approved by 
District Meeting. Soppiy these evangelists with 
tracts, send them into new fields, to preach one or 
two sermons and distribute tracts, teen go to an- 
other neighborhood and do likewise, until say 
one or two Counties neve been gone over, Then 
supply the evangeliet with an assistant, who can 
sing well and let him spend a week or two at the 



has dietribu'-ol 



moat f^vsraV-e points where 
traotp, and no doubt in ten years our onwomeu 
territory may be dotted with Brethren churches. 
Try it and B9< ! 
Ilylto-i, Va 



0. D. Htlton. 



Literary and Miscellaneous. 



The Preachers Magazine for January sparkles with Inviting 
matter, eminently suited to preachers, teachers and Bible 
students. Mark Guy Pear 
articles on •' Esther, the Que 

and timely 
Shaw's sermon upon "Domestic 
Evils" will command marked attention. "How to Ffeach," 
by Joseph Parker, D. D„ Is forceful ; a short sermon to busy 
mfn by the same, presents sturdy thought. An Intensely 
pleasing sermon by Rev. Thomns Spurgeon (whose populari- 
ty steadily Increases) Is found In this number. The Homileti- 
cal Department Is freighted with outlines and suggestions, 
eminently opportune. Among the themes are "Looking 
Year," " sparling Years" and many other 
fascinating subjects. The late Dr. Deems' "Prayer Meeting 
Talks," and the choice "Children's Sermons," still hold their 
strong worth. The "Notes on Lessons and Outline Ad- 
dresses on the Golden Tex's." by the editor, Rev. William E. 
K^cham, D- D , add a valuable section to this popular help 
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Matrimonial. 



KENNER— WORKMAN.— At the home of the bride's 
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Bro. J. Christian, Dae 27, 1894, Mr. Wesley Miller and Daisy 
Elllngsworth, of Gelt) sburgh, Darke Co , Ohio. 

J E. Whybright. 

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W ATKINS— FRAME— At the home of the bdde's par- 
ents, near Lane, Kans,, Dec. 24, 1894, by the undersigned, 
Bro. William C. Watkins, of Mt. Ida, Anderson Co., Kans., 
and Miss Sarah E. Frame, of Lane, Franklin Co., Kans. 

Joseph N. Morrow. 



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■At the home of the bride's fa 
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:r Ella Painter. 

E. L. Brower. 



Fallen Asleep. 



BARR. — In the Muddy Valley congregation, Arcadla : 
Nebr, Dec. 2-r, 1894, sister Ella E. Barr (nee Jones), aged 3S 
years, 1 month and 1 days. She leaves a husband and ter 
children. Sister Barr, with her parents, moved from Ohio tc 
Henry W. Barr In 



and moved to Valley County, Nebr, 
with the church June 6, 1394. Funeral 
James McCrea, from 1 Cor. 15 The body y 
the Vinton cemetery. Valley Co., Nebr. 

HOLCOM.- In Wabash, Ind., Oct. 10, 1890, of scarlet 
fever, Clyde, son of Bro. A. and sister Sarah Hoicom, aged 3 
years. 



united 
:rvlces by Bro. 
ls laid away in 
D. M. Rqss. 



ice, Dec 14, 1894, of brain 
parents, aged 18 years, 11 



HOLCOM.— At the sar 
fever, Albert, eon of the 
months aTid 19 days. 

BALL.— In the Pigeon Creek church, Dec. 6, 1894, of 
softening or decay of the bone, sister Halen E. Ball, aged 32 
years. She was very patient in her intense and long-con- 
tinued suffering. Funeral conducted by Eld. Solomon Buck- 
lew. Samuel Henry, 



HOLCOM.— At the same place, Dec. 15, 1894, of brain 
ver, Branton, son of the same parents, aged 20 years, 8 
ont'hs and :o days. Bro. J. M. Lair, assisted by I. v. 
McCarty, of the United Brethren church, preached the fu- 
nerals of the three t 

KN AU B.— In the bounds of the Lower Cumbei land 
church, Pa, Ella Catharine Knaub, aged 76 years, 2 months 
and 20 days. Interment at Miller's church, near Sterrett's 
Gap. Services by the writer. Henry Beelman. 

MAUK.— At his home, in the Martin Creek church, m ( 
Dec. 16, 1894, Bro- James Mauk, aged 78 years, 5 months and 
28 days.' Funeral services by Bro. John Harshbarger, assist- 
ed by Bro. Amos J. Nickey, of Oakley, 111., from Rom. 5: 12, 
Nicholas Eichenberg. 

DUFT. In the Iowa River church, Marshall Co., Iowa, 

Nov. 30, 1894, of complicated diseases, sister Annie Duft, 
aged 51 years, 2 months and 21 days. Though afflicted 
many years she bore it with Christian patience. Funeral 
services by Bro. J. E. Young, assisted by the home ministers. 
ALSBAUGH.— In the bounds of the Iowa River church, 
Iowa, Dec. 15, 1894, Geo. Alsbaugh, aged 79 years, 6 months 
and 8 days. He was married to Fannie Martin. To them 
were born six children,— four daughters and two sons. Sister 
Alsbaugh has laid her husband and four daughters in the 
grave. Her husband was not a member of the Brethren 
church, but was always In sympathy with the church. He 
said he wanted to be baptized as soon as he was able to stand 
It. Funeral sermon by Bro. Frank Wheeler, assisted by Bro. 
Levi Sayler, from Isa. 40: 6. Ellen Nicholson. 

GRABILL.— In the Cone&toga church, Lancaster Co., 
Pa., Dec. 7, 1894, Bro. Henry Grablll, aged 79 years, 2 
months and 22 days. Services by the Brethren, from Matt. 
25: 10, last clause. 

PFAUTZ.— In the same congregation, Dec. 17, 1894, Bro. 
Joseph Pfautz, aged 80 years, 3 months and 26 days. Bro. 
Pfautz was one of the oldest deacons In the State. He leaves 
a widowed sister In feeble health. Services by the Brethren, 
from 2 Kings 20: I. I. W. TAYLOR. 

STONER.— In the Huntingdon church, Pa., sister Sarah 
Stoner, aged 38 years, 2 months and 29 days. Sister Stoner 
was the wife of Bro. Levi Stoner, a minister who moved here 
several years ago from Fairfield County, Ohio. She had 
been 111 for some time, but bore her sufferings with Christian 
patience. She desired to live on account of her children, 
three In number, who, she felt, so much needed a mother's 
But when she realized that her departure was likely 
at hand, she became fully resigned and died peacefully, 
with a bright hope of a glorious future. She was a good 
woman, one that loved the church and its services, and was 
ready to do her part in every good work. Her husband, al- 
though left with the care of three small children, and now 
realizing the loss of a faithful and devoted wife, yet has 
the assurance that she lives with Jesus, which, above every- 
thing else, Is a balm to heal his sorrow. 

J. B. Brumbaugh. 

TEETER.— Near Conemaugh, Pa., Nov. 24, 1894, Rella 
A,, daughter of Mr. End Mrs. Ell Teeter, aged 10 months and 
20 days. Funeral services by Eld. Coons, of the Progressive 
Brethren, and the writer. David Hildebrand. 

REIST.— In the Bachelor's Run church, Carroll Co,, Ind., 
Nov. 7, 1894, Jacob Relst, aged 76 years and 3 months. He 
was born in Lebanon County, Pa. H. Landis. 

FOARDE— In the Johnstown congregation, Cambria Co., 
Pa,, Dec. 14, 1894, of old age, sister Mary Foarde, aged 86 
years, 8 months and 13 days. Sister Foarde was the wife of 
Bro. Michael Foarde, who died twenty-four years ago. Her 
maiden name was Gossard. Four sons and 2 daughters sur- 
vive her. She was a member of the Brethren church for a 
number of years. Funeral services by Joseph Reighart, of 
the Progressive Brethren, and the writer. 

David Hildebrand. 

BRIDENTH AL.— Whhln the bounds of the Yellow Creek 
church, Pa., Dec. 21, 1894, °* consumption, Sallie Brldenthal, 
aged 19 yeais, 6 months and 22 days. Her mother died 
when she was but three days old, when her aunt, Mrs. Joseph 
Sell, became her fostermother, from whom she received all 
the care that kind hearts could bestow upon her. She had 
not yet united with the church, but had expressed her willing- 
ness to enter Into the service of the Master, if the Lord 
would raise her from her bed of sickness. Funeral services 
by Eld. C. L. Buck and D. T. Detwller, from Psa. 30: 5- 

H. A. Buck. 

BLYLER.— In the La Porte church, La Poite Co, Ind., 
Dec. 18, 1894, Bro. Andrew Blyler, aged 58 years, 7 months 
and 7 days. He was born In Stark County, Ohio, May » r 
1836. He had three children. He united with the church n 
his youth, and remainetfa faithful member until death. His 
remains were lafd to rest in the Galean cemetery, Berrien 
Co,, Mich, Funeral services by the writer, from Rev. 14: '3- 
R.J. Shrkvb. 



January 16, 1896. 



STOUDER.— Near Goshen, Ind , Dec. 6, 
1894, Bro. Christian Stouder, aged 63 years 
and 9 months. Thus has been lost to us a 
kind father and respected neighbor and broth- 
er. Funeral services by Bro. Kulp. 

Aakon I. Hess 
PHILLIPS.— In the Cedar Lake church, 
DeKalb Co., Ind., Dec. 2, r894, sister Dellla, 
wife ol Bro. Daniel Phillips, aged 72 years, 
10 months and II days. They were united 
In marriage Jan. 20, 1858. Soon after they 
united with the Brethren church. She served 
as a deacone6S In the church for many years. 
Funeral by Bro. P. W. Stuckman, of Nappa- 
nee, Ind. J. H. Elson. 

J AMIESON.— In the bounds of the Exeter 
church, near Utlca, Nebr., Dec. r, 1894, of 
la grippe, Bro. Levi Jamleson, aged 57 years, 
6 months and 14 days. He was born [n 
Hamilton, Butler Co., Ohio, where he resided 
until he removed to Nebraska In 1871. He 
was married to Nancy Jones April 28, 1875. 
Ten children were sent to bless this union. 
He and companion united with the Brethren 
about seven years ago. Funeral services 
conducted by the writer, assisted by Bro. 
Albert Lewis, from 2 Tim. 4: 6-8. 

Fred Wiidman. 
FLESHMAN. — In the bounds of the 
Loudonvllle church, Ashland Co., Ohio, 
Nov. rr, 1894, Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of 
friend Martin Fleshman, aged 31 years, 7 
months and 11 days. Funeral services by 
the writer. David Brubakef. 

HOOVER.— In the Cedar Lake church, 
De Kalb Co., Ind., Dec. 7, 1894, Sadie E., 
daughter of Bro. Joseph and sister Sarah 
Hoover, aged 21 years, 8 months and 9 days. 
She was sick nearly a year with consump. 
tlon. She bore her sickness with patience. 
Sermon by the writer, from Rev. 21 : 25. 

J. H. Elson. 
PERKINS.— In the Hillisburgh church, 
Ind, Dec. 8, 1894, sister Phcebejane Perkins, 
aged 31 years and IS days. She leaves a 
husband and five small children,— two of 
them only one week old. Funeral services 
by Bro. Nathaniel Crlpe. 

David Wampler. 
MORRETTE. — Near Churchtown, Pa., 
Dec. 4, 1894, George Morrette, aged 79 years, 
6 months and 19 days. J. B. Garver. 

BADGER— In the Panther Creek church, 
Dallas Co, Iowa, Nov. 30, 1894, Susannah 
Badger, me Shlvely, wife of Eld. Robert 
Badger, aged 75 years, 4 months and 11 days. 
She was born in Union County, Pa , and was 
married to Robert Badger Jan. r, 1S40. 
They journeyed together In life nearly fifty- 
five years. She was a member of the church 
about forty-elght years, during which time 
she tried to live her profession in Christ and 
bring up her children in the nurture and ad- 
monition of the Lord, and encourage her 
husband in the labors of his ministry. 

T. J. Beaver. 
PFOUTZ._I„ the Wolf Creek church, 
Ohio, sister Sarah, wife of Bro. Samuel 
Pfoutz, Nov. i 5 , ,894, aged 67 years, 10 
months and 10 days. She was the mother of 
one son and , our daughter , wn0i w „ h her 
husband, survive her. She was an example 
of deep, fervent piety, and rare Christian 
courtesy and gentleness. Funeral service: 
ty Eld. Jacob Garber. 

Jno. Calvin Bright. 

GUNKLE._I„ the Okaw church, 111,, 

ec - 7, 1894, Bro. Joslah Gunkle, aged 

y«,s, 6 months and 13 days. His companion 

Preceded him t„ , he splrIt world about four 

J«n. Two sons and two daughters are left. 

frl e pL'" in " Ce8 bjr Eld ' M ' 1- McClure, 
fc°mPh,lp p . I:21 . E.F. Wolfe. 

eT^ R M PE '~ In the North Manchester con- 

S ! ° n, i o d " Dec - l6 ' i8 »*' sltler EMzi ">='" 

Her P L"f*! 3 Z rar !' Smt »" h » ">"» ■« day 



ROOT._I„ Sabetha church, Kan* D-c 
>8 .894, Bro. Joel Root, aged Sj years, 8 
months and 26 days. He moved f,o m Vir- 
ginia to Ohio; then to Indiana, and to Kansas 
In r8 S 7. Services conducted by Ihe Breth- 
™°' Archie VanDvke. 

PECK.-In the Middle Creek congrega- 
tion, Pa , Dec. 18, 1894, of diphtheria, Calvin 
of William and sister Li 2 zle Peck, aged < 
years 9 months and i 4 days. Funeral 
preached by the writer, aislsled by Bro F 
Murray, from Rev. 6: 8. H. A. Stahl 

ZENTMYER.-Dec. s , ,894, while away 
from home, William T.son of Bro. Daniel 
and sister Zentmyer, of Clay Hill, Pa, aged 
34 years and 12 days. His body was brought 
home and Interred in the Brown's Mill cem- 
etery. Funeral occsslon Improved by the 
writer and Eld. Wm. C. Koontz, from these 
words: "Prepare you victuals: for In three 
days you shall pass over this Jordan." 

Wm. A. Anthony. 



■ngrega- 



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Hon, Dec. 5, 1894, of consumptU., „„,,. 
Dahl, wife of Nlcholss Dahl, aged 43 yea, 
and 25 days. She lingered for quite a whih 
but finally death came to her 'relief. How 
sad to leave this world without one ray of 
light from that blessed home over therel 
Funeral services conducted by the writer, 
from Job 14: 1. D. M. Click. 



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The Gospel Messenge 



"Set for the Defense of the Qospel.' 



Vol. 33, Old Series. 



Mount Mobbis, III., and Huntingdon, Pa., Janoaby 22, 1895 



No. 4. 



Table of Contents. 

EDITORIAL — 

The Annual Meeting for 1897, 

The Befhcsda 

These Signs shall Follow Them, 

Iogctsoll Again 

POETRY,— 

Heaven. By N. R. Baker 

Gone Before. Selected by Sarah Spcrline, 

BSSAYS,— 

Envy. By Noah Looganeckcr, 

Random Thoughts. By C. D. Hyllon, 

A History ol the Followers of Christ. By S. Z. Sharp. 

God's Instiumeots. ByJ.C Beahm, 

A Few Items. By J. T. Meyers, 

Rcvivals.-What will the Harvest bt? By Jas. A. Sell, 

Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself. By Nancy D. U L derh 
MISSIONARY AND TRACT WORK— 

Would We? By Gertrude A. Flory 

Far-icachiog. By J. S. Floty 



We can still fill orders for the Brethren's 
Almanac for 1895 Price, ten cents per copy. 



Buo. Alexander Miller changes his address 
from Nappanee, Ind., to Wakarasa, same State. 

We still have on hand a few copies of the An- 
neal Meeting Full!B9port|for 1891 Price, twen- 
ty-five cents. 

Bro. G. L. Studebakeb began a series of meet- 
ings at the Oakland church, Ohio, Jan. 12, and 
a good interest is reported. 



Bro. J. H. Miller, of Goshen, Ind., is now 
with the Brethren at the Logan church, Ohio, 
holding a series of meetings. 



Tee new church bnilding at Ardenheim, of the 
Huntingdon congregation, Pa , is now nnder roof 
and will be finished dnring the winter. 

Bbo Edwabd Loomis closed an interesting se- 
ries of meetings in the Bngar Creek chnrch, Ohio, 
on the evening of the 9&h, with seven accessions. 



We are informed that Bro. D. 0. Campbell, of 
Colfax, Ind., is engaged in a series of meetings in 
the West Otter Creek chnrch, Maconpin Co., 111. 

The Bible Term will open at Huntingdon, Pa., 
on Jan. 28, to continue four weeks. A good at- 
tendance is desired, and all will be made welcome. 



Bbo. A. H. Snowbebqeb says that in his no- 
tice of the meeting in the Salamonie chnrch, 
Ind, published in No. 2, the date shonld have 
been Dec. 8 to 16 instead of 1 to 9 

Neveb before was there so mnch active work 
done in holding meetings and building church- 
houses, and yet hundreds and hundreds more 
of both are needed. Truly, the harvest is great 
and the laborers few. 



The Green Tree ohnroh, Pa., is now in the 
midst of an interesting series of meetings. Bro. 
W. J. Swigart, of Huntingdon, was with them 
during the Holidays and np to Jan, 3, and then 
the meetings were continued by Bro. G. N. Falk- 
enstein, of Germantowo. 



Any one knowing anything of Joseph D. Maat 
will confer a favor "by writing David Thomas, 
Bangor, Michigan. 



Thoush sister Lizzie Miller wrote her excel- 
lent book for the young people, still old people 
lead it with pleasure and profit. Prioe, $100. 
Send for it. 

Next issne will contain a report of the money 
received by the General Missionary and Tract 
Committee during the month of December. The 
report is quite lengthy. 



Those who have ordered that excellent little 
book, Charlie Newoomer, for their children are 
greatly pleased with it. It is just the book for 
the little people. Price, twenty-five cents. 

Bbo. Jacob Swinoeb, of Hutsonville, 111., 
writes that a Bible school will be held at the La- 
motte church, commencing Feb. 2, to be con- 
ducted by Bro. Charles C. Gibson, of Girard. 



The Brethren of the James Creek, church, Pa , 
are holding a series of meetings in their Bethel 
house, in the southern part of their congregation, 
Bro. M. Olaar is with them and doing the preach- 
ing. 

There is a mistake in the notice on page 24 
abont an elder being wanted in the Eairview 
chnrch, Kans. We meant to say Missouri. For 
the necessary particnlars address J. W. B. Hyl- 
ton, Macomb, Mo. 



Wbitinq from Mt. Etna, Iowa, Bro. John P. 
Bailey says: "I notice two mistakes in my report. 
It should have read Stephen Yoder instead of 
Johnson. The feast shonld have been the 19th 
instead of the 11th." 



As the result of a series of meetings held at 
Boot Biver, Minn, by Bro. W. H. Eisenbise, 
sixteen confessed Christ and were baptized. Bro. 
Ogg, the elder in charge, not being in good 
health, was unable to attend any of the services. 



Januaby 28 and 29 an Anti-secret Convention 
is to be held at Xenia, Ohio, where able speakers 
are to disenss the different phases of secret so- 
cieties. We notice that brethren I. J. Eosenber- 
ger and S. W. Hoover are booked for talks on the 
question. 

The immense congregation built up by Mr. 
Talmage in Brooklyn is dissolved and will re- 
organize under another name. This is the re- 
sult of great men building np congregations for 
themselves instead of for Ohrist. Such work 
soon comes to naught. 

Sisteb Coba Deokeb, of Myrtle Point, Oregon, 
writes that she reads the Messenger with pencil 
in hand, and marks the number of additions re- 
ported. She gives 6,911 by baptism and 382 re- 
claimed,— total, 7,193,— as the number of acces- 
sions reported in the Messenqeb for 1894, The 
above does not inclnde the number of applicants, 
but only those baptized. 



We are still receiving orders for that excellent 
book, " Alone With God." We have sold over 
one thousand copies dnring the last few years. 
Prica, seventy.five cents. 

In this issue Bro. J. E. Joseph has a report 
of the work done in the Yellow Biver chnrch, 
Ind., for the year 1894 Short, well-prepared 
yearly reports, from congregations, might prove 
both interesting and inspiring. 



In this issue will be found Bro. A. M. Dickey's 
report of the money and goods received for the 
benefit of the Western sufferers. We are glad 
to hear that the call is being liberally responded 
to. But there is still much suffering, and more 
funds will be needed to relieve the wants of 
the poor and nnfortnnate. 

Bbo W. E Millee writes that the meetings in 
Chicago are still in progress, and mnoh interest 
is manifested. Last Sunday they baptized a 
young Jew, who was driven from his father's 
house bacanse of his Christian principles. It is 
a sore trial for the young man, but his faith is 
strong, and the Lord is at his side. 



The Ministerial Meeting for Northern Illinois' 
is to be held Sept. 4, 1895 The Committee on 
Programme is ready to decide on the location as 
soon as the different churches wanting the meet- 
ing will send in their oalls. To this date no call 
has reached the Committee. Address all commu- 
nications to Frank Meyers, Mt. Carroll, III. 



Sisteb Bebtha Byan is writing some excellent': 
articles abont India for the Young Disciple. 
Most of her articles will be illustrated and will 
give the readers of that little paper a very cor- 
rect idea of the people and customs of that far- 
away land. Order the paper for your children- 
Price, fifty cents a year. It is published week- 

Bbo. A. W. Oben, of Lankford, Carroll Co., 
Tenn, writes that there is a small band of mem- 
bers in that, the western part of Tennessee, who 
have not bad any preaching for one year, and 
no series of meetings for three years. They 
need a minister. Who can respond to this urgent 
call? We need more of the apostolic zeal to 
push our preachers out into such [localities. But 
how can they go unless sent? Still we hope 
pome one will be induced to send himself. Or 
might not some well-to-do lay-member send some 
earnest preacher? 



We last heard from Bro. W. B. Stover, Deo. 
12 He was then improving, though for a time 
he had been dangerously ill. His sickness has 
somewhat retarded the work and plans of our 
missionaries, bnt as early as possible they will 
select their field of labor and get to work. Lateb. 
— Just before going to press we reoeived a com- 
mnnication from sister Byan, dated Deo. 22, in 
which she states that all parties were well, and 
that they would soon seleot the locality in whiob 
they proposed to work. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



January 22, 1896. 



— * :Ej s s .*i_ k" s ■*»— 



In mortal dreams the lieaver.lv land 

Is one of gleaming brightness, 
Where none but saints redeemed may E 

In halls of purest whitents;. 
Upon the pearl-embosomed stre;ts 

Are golden sandals falling. 
Tne throngs redeemed at Jesus' feet 

Are loud hosannas calling. 
And there an endless river flows 
With crystal wavelets dancing. 
A garden ever-blo jming throws 

A brilliance rare, entrancing. 
The walls that guard the city round 

Are built of gems celestial, 
More brilliant hued than ever found 

' Mong jewels rare, terres'r'al. 
There naught Is heard of bugle blast, 

That warriors call to battle. 
And naught Is known of cannon's roar, 

Or musket's deadly rattle. 
And there upon a dazzling throne 

Remains the King Eternal, 
Bestowing blessings on his own 

Through days and seasons vernal 
But ah, too oft we train cur minds 

To dwell on scenes of glory, 
Forgetting what the Christian finds 

Within the sacred story. 
For here upon the sinful earth 

For Gospel truths contending, 
We may in daily life procure 

A heaven never-ending. 
The tear you shed f jr sympathy 

Is but a dewdrop beaming 
That dropped from heaven above to ours 

To make It bjiglit and gleaming. 
The sliver coin you meekly give 

To cheer the b:oken-hearted 
Is but a fl jwer the ange.s brought 

From worlds of the departed. 
The prayer, the sigh, the look, the word, 

Are but the gems celestial 
Which we may to our heaven add, 
Our heaven here terrestrial. 
Chesterfield, South Carolina. 



BT NOAH LONGANECKEE 



Enyt is "pain, uneasiness, mortification, or dis- 
content excited by the sight o£ another's euperi- 
ority or success, accompanied with some degree of 
hatred or malignity, and often, or usually, with 
a deaire or an effort to depreciate the person, or 
with pleasure in seeing him depressed." Envy is 
produced by the excellence of another. It is 
fixed on merit Men who form oharacter will be 
envied. Those of less merit and excellence will 
hate and seek to depreciate and crush those of 
greater merit and excellence. Of all vicep, there 
is none greater. It was the prime came which 
led to the crucifixion of Christ "For he knew 
thai for envy they had delivered him." A desire 
to excel is right when it is followed by honest 
labor of love. Bnt when we seek to excel by de- 
grading others, it is devilish. It is extremely 
criminal to belittle others, to rxalt ourselves. So 
also when we seek to defame cr belittle those 
whom we love less, in order to exalt those we love 
more. 

Envy lurks in the bosom of all classes of men. 
The crown of the king is no more proof against 
it than the rags of the beggar. The aanctimoni- 
oui garb of the priest as often covers an envious 



heart as the no-caste garb of the people. We 
mean comparatively. This being true, need we 
wonder why the Scribes and Pharisees delivered 
Christ ti be crucified? If there is no greater 
vice than envy, does it not seem reasonable that 
it should be the prime cause that would lead to 
the crucifixion of Christ? Satan envied God in 
his excellence, hence envy is of Satan, And as 
Christ came to destroy the works of the devil, the 
first, chief, and last vice that will be brought to 
bear against him must be envy. Herod envied 
him when a babe. The elders, chief rulers. 
Scribes and Pharisees, through his life and death. 
How forcible the language, '-' He knew that for en- 
vy thoy had delivered him I " Envy led Satan to 
rnin Adam and Eve. Christ came to redeem 
them. Hence envy was the chief vice that made 
necessary h'a incarnation. Envy led Cain to kill 
Abel. It led the Jews to kill Christ. Abel's 
works were righteous. Cain's were evil. This 
excellence in Ab9l pained Gain's heart. He 
hated him. Ha destroyed him. This is the or- 
der of procedure with the envious. 

Some hold up Joseph as a type of Christ. He 
excelled his brethren, hence they envied him. It 
pained them to think that he should reoeive more 
honor than they. They hated him. " They could 
not epsak p3aceably to him." That is, they could 
not meet him with the salutation of peace, and 
thu9 wish him well. He must be destroyed,— he 
mast bs bauishsl,— not so much that they might 
become better, but that he might not excel them. 
How applicable the above qnotation to both Jo- 
seph and Christ! "For he knew that for envy 
they had delivered him I" Even the ohildren of 
Israel envied Moses in the oamp. " Korah, Da- 
than, Abiram, and two hundred and fifty princes 
of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men 
of renown," all conspired against Moses and 
Aaron. While it i< horrible to but think of their 
ruin, we should not pass over their crime of envy 
lightly. Even the good old Joshua envied the 
two elders who prophesied in the oamp, not for 
his own, but for Moses' sake. And even the 
sainted John could not bear it when one onst out 
devils in Christ's name, and did not follow them, 
But Moses reproved Joshua as meekly as Christ 
did John instructively. What a lesson for us all I 
May we profit by it I Who would have thought 
that Miriam and Aaron could envy their meek 
brother Moses? Saul loved David until he found 
out that David excelled him, then he envied him 
most bitterly. He hated him exceedingly, and 
sought every imaginable way to destroy him. 

Scorpions and rattlesnakes can be made to 
sting themselves to death. This is equally true 
of envy. Saul was a horribb example o[ this 
fact. Who oan help pity Saul, the envious king, 
when he reads his history ? Who oan help pity 
all the envious? When King Darius preferred 
Daniel beoause there was an excellent spirit in 
him, the presidents, the governors, the princes, 
the counselors, and the captains, all envied him, 
and sought to destroy him by casting him into 
the den of lions. But the faith that Daniel had 
in God saved him from the hands of envy. 
The wise man once said, " Wrath is cruel, and 
iger is outrageous, but who is able to stand be- 
fore envy?" Some might answer, "All those 
who trust in God." We know that Joseph, Mo- 
ses, David and Daniel did, but how abont Abel? 
Probably God permitted the fall,— that is death, 
of Abel to show that Christ would be our Re- 
deemer as well as our Savior. While Abel was 
the first that fell by the hands of persecution, 
millions have fallen since because of envy. We 
ften wondered why it should be specially re- 
corded that Christ was delivered because of envy. 
Ah, he died to deliver us from the monster evil 
of persecution, brought about by the envious. 



Persecution is a many-headed monster, but under 
all its different forms Satan is the instigator of 
it; and Christ came to destroy hie words. If he 
would redeem us from the band of persecution 
then, necessarily, the hand of persecution must 
be centered upon Aim. 

Sinoe all envy is fixed on excellence, how nec- 
essary that Christ should excel in all things. 
Envy was the cause of the following counoil: 
" Then gathered the chief priests and the Phari. 
sees a council, and said, What do we? for this 
man doeth many miracles. If we let him thna 
alone, all men will believe on him : and the Ro- 
mans shall come and take away both our place 
and nation." If he did not excel us we oonld not 
afford to let him go, but as it is, he must be put 
out of the way. Envy led the Jews to persecute 
the apostles. 

As before said, the vice is found among all 
classes of people, but among none does it appear 
more foul than when it appears among God's pro- 
fessed people. Paul speaks of the reprobate 
mind as being "full of envy." And that we 
might not forget our own hearts James writes as 
follows: "Do ye think that the Bcripture saith in 
vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to en- 
vy?" May Christ save us all from the first ap- 
pearance of itl 

Hariville, Ohio. 



EANDOM THOUGHTS. 



BV 0. D, HILTON. 



A SHORT time sinoe we were called on to preach 
the funeral of a personal friend. After the fu- 
neral the body was carried to the cemetery and 
buried by the Freemasons. Our friend was 
strongly inclined to the Brethren, but on account 
of his connection with the Masons, he died out of 
the church. "It is a fearful thing to fall into the 
hands of the living God." 

Some congregations that we visit have only a 
very few members who pray in public. A few 
months ago I was in one such congregation. 
There were four offioial brethren present, and 
when asked to lead in prayer, they would excuse 
themselves. We had learned that a sister in the 
congregation wonld pray publicly, and we men- 
tioned to one of these offioial brethren the pro- 
priety of calling on the sister. " Oh no," says he, 
" that will never do." In another congregation I 
called on a young brother to lead in prayer. 
After cervices I was very kindly and pleasantly 
told by one of the elders that " the brethren here 
are not accustomed to that." I soon learned that 
the preachers there were expeoted (especially by 
themselves) to do the praying, but in extreme 
cases a deacon was allowed to pray publicly. I 
regard this as a sad mistake. Christ taught his 
brethren to pray, and wo should teach and en- 
courage our brethren and sisters to pray, and 
that in public. 



Yesterday we were called on to conduct the 
burial services of a young man who died out of 
Christ. The family were irreligious, save one 
daughter. The father and older brother request- 
ed that we should talk, sing and pray. The 
brother regretted very much that I did not 
come to see his brother and talk to him on the 
snbject of religion. As we went to the grave the 
sorrowing sister in mournful language said, " O 
there was no one to talk to him." Those words 
still ring in my ears. In this Christian land no 
one to talk to a dying young man I God be mer- 
ciful toward usl 

Eylion, Va. 



January 22, 1896. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



61 



A HISTORY OF THE FOLLOWERS OF 0HEI8I. 

Formerly Known as the "Brethren," "Tuckers" "An- 
cient Brethren," " Dunkards," and now Incor- 
porated as " The German Baptist 
Brethren Church." 

by s. a Sharp. 

Number Ten. 

FEET-WA8HINQ. 

Among the religions ordinances or rites insti- 
tuted by Christ we find feet-washing. As an act 
of hospitality it was practiced since the days of 
Abraham. Gen. 18: 4. It se6ms also to have 
been employed as a domestic habit for personal 
cleanliness and comfort. 1 Seru. 25: 4 As a re 
ligiona ordinance, however, it was instituted by 
the Lord himself when he gave the law to Moses 
on Mt. Sinai, and commanded that the priests 
should wash their feet as well as their hands be- 
fore they entered the tabernacle, or approached 
the altar to minister. Bo important was this 
washing of the feet before coni'ng near the altar, 
that its neglect was to be punished with dpath. 
Ex. 30: 20, 21 As a religions rite it was ob- 
served as long as a tabernacle or temple of the 
Lord existed, hence it was practiced in the spos- 
tolio age. 

This feet-washing by Jesus d.ff sred in purpose 
from all others then in vcgue. It was not a 
"washing away of the filth of the flesh": (1) Be- 
cause cnstom demanded that the sandals be re- 
moved and the feet wsBhed before entering a 
honee. (2) The Savior pronounced the disciples 
clean already before he began to wash the feet of 
Peter. John 13: 10 (3) To altjch no higher 
meaning to this washing than to obtain physical 
purity would contradict his statement to Peter, 
We must therefore conclude that the disciples 
were physically oleon when the Savior began to 
wash, and that they were not washed for physical 
purposes. 

It was not an act of hospitality, like that of 
Abraham, Laban, or of Joseph: (1) Because 
Jesus was not the host and his disciples were not 
stranger gneBts. (2) As an act of hospitality, 
water was brought and each guest washed his 
own feet. Gen. 18: 4; 24: 32; 43: 24; Luke 7: 44 
Here Jesus did the washing, and not the disoiples. 
It was not a washing by a priest, as required by 
the law of Moses, "for it is tviient thBt our Lard 
sprang out of Judah ; of which tribe Moses spoke 
nothing concerning the priesthood." Heb. 7: 14. 
From the above facts it is evident that this 
washing was not in accordance with any praotice 
then known to the apostles, but as the Lord said 
unto Peter, " What I do unto thee thou knowest 
not now, but shait know hereafter." 

The only reasonable conclusion that can be 
drawn from these facts is, that the Lord employed 
this washing for a new purpose, different from 
any previously known to the apostles, and invest- 
ed it with a new meaning, just as he nsed the 
bread and wine when he instituted the Commun- 
ion. 

Wine was drunk since the days of Noah to 
gratify desire, and for social purposes. Bread 
was eaten since the days of Adam to satisfy hun- 
ger, and by priests it was taken from the table of 
showbread and eaten for a sacred purpose; but 
Christ, when he institnted the Commnnion, or- 
dained that bread should be eaten and wine 
should be drunk with a new design. 

Unto Peter the Lord did not say, "If I wash 
thee not thon shalt atill be unclean," bnt, "If I 
wash thee not thou hast no part with me." It 
was a matter of choice with Peter, whether he 
should do what he ought, or lose his share in the 
Kingdom of Christ, and he chose the better part. 
We have the same privilege. 



THE PURPOSE OF FEET.WA8BINQ. 

We may never know in this world ail the rea 
sons whv we i-honld observe feet-sashing as a re. 
hgious orditance It is not necessary that 
we Bhonld. Peter did not know its import when 
he submitted to the Savior. It is sufficient for 
the servant to know the will of his Master, 
necessarily his Master's purpose. This mucb, 
however, seems plain. (1) The disciples were 
ambitions, just as we all are. They sought the 
uppermost seat in the kingdom of Ohiist, Mark 
9: 34, 35, and needed a practical lesson on humili- 
ty. They needed to nnderstsnd better this great 
principle, "to esteem other better than them, 
selves," end "to become servants of all." (2) 
After we are baptized and sometimes walk in for- 
bidden paths, we again need washing, not the 
" washing of regeneration," but an after cleans 
ing. As the Savior expresses it, "He that is 
washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is 
clean every whit." John 13: 10. (3) The Lord 
has laid upon us this duty which we can not per. 
form in any other way than by doing as he direct 
ed, or as Peter did. (4) The word "ought" 
makes it as necessary to wash one another's feet 
as to love God, or as "to love one another." "II 
God so loved us we ought also to love one an- 
other." 1 John 4: 11. "If a man say, I love 
God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar." " We 
ought to obey God rather than men." Acts 5: 29, 
(5) Its omission may subject one to punishment. 
The servant who did not invest his master's mon- 
ey as he ought to have done, was cast into outer 
darkness. Matt. 25: 27-30. "We can not efford 
to act like this unwilling servant, (6) It enables 
us, by the Master's direotion, to do him humble 
service. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one 
of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it 
unto me." Matt. 25: 40. (7) It assures us a 
blessing. "If ye know these things, happy are 
ye if ye do them." 

In John 13: 14 the word "if," which precedes 
the direction to wash feet, can not cast any doubt 
upon what Jesus did. That is settled in verse 5. 
Neither can it impair the obligation resting upon 
us to wash feet, but it rather strengthens it and 
gives the reason why we should " wash one an- 
other's feet" In venes 14 and 32 the word "if" 
has the same sense; and v.rse 14 is oorrectly ren- 
dered, " Because I then, yonr Lord and Master, 
have washed your feel ; ye ought also to wash one 
another's feet." 

The word translated "ought" implies obliga- 
tion and, in the New Testament, is sometimes 
used to convey the same meaning as a verb in the 
imperative mode, for example: "Men ought al. 
ways to pray," Luke 38: 1, is expressed impera- 
tively, " Pray without ceasing " 1 Thess. 5: 17. 

Although we do n^t fiud feet-washing men- 
tioned specifically in the Acts of th« Apostles, 
nor that sisters partook of the Lord'd Supper, yet 
it would not be safe to say that they did not enjoy 
both, since "they that gladly received his word" 
"continued in the apostleB' doctrine," as well ss 
" in breaking of bread." The book called Acts of 
the Apostles does not necessarily contain every- 
thing the disciples did. 

The manner in whioh feet-washing is mentioned 
in one of the epistles shows clearly that it was 
practiced in the primitive chnrch and well under- 
stood by those to whom the epistle was addressed. 
Having " washed the saints' feet," was one of 
the qualifications required of a widow to be taken 
into the number of those who were supported by 
the ohurch. Another qualification was that, "if 
she have lodged strangerB." Before strangers 
were taken in and lodged, according to the Eastern 
custom, water was given them and they washed 
their own f6et. This was an act of hospitality' 
long and well established. Then another qualifi- 



cation is mentioned— "if she have washed the 
saints' feet." To wash the feet of the saints is 
not to give them water and let them wash their 
own feet, as in au sot of hospitality, but she must 
wash the feet of the saints, as the Savior washed 
the feet of the disciples and taught them to do 
likewise. 

John wrote his Gospel about twenty, five or 
thirty years after the Pauline epistles were writ- 
ten, and mentioned thoee things whioh were nec- 
essary lo be known by posterity, and omitted 
what was well enough recorded by the other 
evang<rlistB. The ordinance of feet-washing was 
one that was considered necessary to be recorded 
for all succeeding agea, hence John, inspired by 
the Holy Ghost, wrote, "Ye ought to wash one 
another's feet." 



GOD'S INSrEUBEIJTS 

BY J BEAHM. 

"Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war."— Jer. 51: 

Man is here addressed as the instrument of 
God's immutable purpose, but not all men. Thus 
human instrumentality becomes a topic of extent 
aa well as moment. 

We introduce one feature as the burden of this 
communication, viz , that of bringing sinners to 
God or lifting them from darkness into light. 

Who Bre God's instruments? Some may say, 
" Just any one is " Others say, " Those who la- 
bor in his vineyard." Those who have vowed al- 
legiance to his kingdom. 

Satan's kingdom is arrayed against that of 
Christ. They oppose each other. It is the 
avowed object of the one to diminish the power 
of the other. By virtue of their nature, they do 
not and cannot blend. " And if Batan oast out 
SataD, he is divided against himself; how then 
shall his kingdom stand? " 

This great work of human redemption is 
brought about by the power of the Holy Ghost. 
And this power comes only into those hearts 
which have the light of the Gospel. Light pass- 
es through transparent objects. Thus the man 
who sheds forth the Gospel light must be made 
transparent by God's grace, washed in the blood 
of Christ and cleansed from the dross of hypocri- 
sy. The man who isj beclouded with sin and 
doubt, having no fixed hope of heaven, is dark. 
He is an opaque substance. " Though I speak 
with the tongues of men and angels, and have not 
charity, I am become as a sounding brass or a 
tinkling cymbal." A man without love to God is 
nothing. God's Word always shines through 
something. " Out of Zion the perfection of beau- 
ty, God hath Bhined." 

In reaching the heart the Spirit goes by the 
Spirit. "Now if any man have not the Spirit of 
Christ he is none of his." Then it is also true 
that he that is none of Christ's hath not his Spir- 
it. And if he hath not the Spirit, how can he 
teach the things of the Spirit? The unchristian 
man may be instrumental in having one renewed 
by some spurious birth, bnt not the genuine, that 
of the Spirit. "If any man will do his will, he 
shall know of the doctrine." That is, the hypo- 
orite dors not know what to teach. "He that 
lacketh these things is blind and cannot see afar 
E." 

Now if any one think the ungodly may cause 
others to become godly, let him remember that 
the unchristian man cannot Bee the things of the 
Spirit. '■ And if the blind lead the blind, both 
Bhall fall into the ditch." Did Judas ever lead 
any one (0 salvation? There were sightless 
men pretending to preach Christ, supposing they 
would in this way add afflictions to the great 



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January 22, 189B, 



apostle. Bat he remembered the words of the 
Savior on the Mount, and he rejoiced and was ex- 
ceeding glad. So in all things he looked for his 
reward in heaven. 

The Bible has many good words for the genuine 
heir, bnt nowhere do I find it said that the un- 
christian can be instrumental in truly converting 
a sonl to God. Snoh a conversion is a miracle, 
God icorka through iho3e who believe. 

Lowry, Va. 

A FEW ITEMS 
BY J. T. MEYEBS, 



The year eighteen hundred and ninety-four 
has come and gone. How did it find us and how 
did it leave ns? "Was the year a useful and hap- 
py one? If not, we ought to find out why not, 
for surely the Lord meant it so. Even afflictions 
and sore trials are sometimes the very methods 
by which the ever righteous Father means to aug- 
ment our usefulness and happiness. Of course 
we cannot always understand it so, but the mere 
reason we oanuot understand it is no reason it is 
not so. God's discipline of his children is al- 
ways for their good end usefulness, and what is 
for our good and usefulness ought to mak6 us 
happy. That sick-bed on which yon have been 
lying for days and weeks and years, that palsied 
hand or limb, those Bhooting pains all through 
your body, thoBe sleepless nights because of suf- 
fering and mental unrest, those bitter heart-aches 
and soul- aches, are all as truly for some good and 
wise purpose as some ether lessons of God's disci- 
pline, you have learned, though, perhapi, you may 
have a better and more intelligent understanding 
of their design and purpose. 

So many of our "evil dajs," so to call them, are 
altogether expiatory, and were it not for this 
expiation on our part, our highest good could not 
be reached. Christ has satisfied God's divine law 
of justice, so far as the eternal consequences of 
sin are concerned respecting his people, but not 
so as to this present life. " Whatsoever a man 
soweth, that shall he also reap," is as true to-day 
as ever it was. This is the crucible side of life, 
reaping what we have sown, and 3 et out of this 
very crucible God means to bring gocd to his 
people, for "all things," says the apostle, "shall 
work together for good to them who love God." 
" All things," not a few things, but " all things." 
What a Gospel of comfort! Afflicted, tried, sor- 
rowing are of "the called according to God's eter- 
nal purpose." Let those blessed words of the in- 
spired Word of God be the hope, the joy, the in- 
spiration to yon of the year to come,— eighteen 
hundred and ninety-five. 



In item one we called attention to the fact that 
the old year had come and gone. 80 now we are 
standing upon the threshold of the year that has 
come and is yet to go. May it be a blessed, joy- 
ous, prosperous, happy year to ua all I 

It is onstomary to speak of "turning over 
a new leaf," "making resolves," "setting out 
afresh" on New Year's Day, so that the first day, 
of the year has acquired a historical interest in 
this respect Whether we Bhould esteem one day 
above another for making good resolves, is alto- 
gether questionable, but special days, as New 
Tear or Christmas, are good and desirable days 
on which to make resolves for the future, as 
every time they come around we will likely think 
of the promises and vows made. Only in this re- 
spect could we grant the suitableness of one day 
above another for "making resolves," "turning 
over s new leaf," "setting out afresh," and only 



then in special oases and as coming under pecul- 
iar oircumstanceB. 

The making of resolves to live better lives, to 
be better husbands, better wives, better men, bet- 
ter women, better children, and thousands of 
things we might resolve for our betterment, is 
always in place, and the resolve ought to be made 
withoat delay and with the first ray of light, 
truth and conviotion in the case. " To-day is the 
day of salvation," and this truth holds good as 
to the time for making good resolutions. 

On Dec. 26, 1890, as the result of severe nerv- 
ous prostration and insomnia for months, oauBed 
by La Grippe, the writer made the following 
covenant and wrote it in his Bible: "If the 
Lord will restore me to health, so that I can serve 
him with a sound mind and a healthy body, then 
will I give him one-tenth of all my income. If I 
will not be true to this my covenant, then let sore 
afflictions come upon me until I perform this my 
covenant. Amen." I give the wording of the 
covenant complete, just aa I wrote it in my Bible. 
I was a physical and mental wreck at the time, 
and so despondent in mind, that I frequently 
longed for that blessed sleep " from which none 
ever wakes to weep." I prayed and wept over 
my condition, and when I wrote the covenant in 
my Bible, I called npon God to witness the sin- 
cerity and uprightness of my heart in making the 
covenant I was impressed and felt like making. 
No sooner was the covenant made with an amen 
and my name signed to it, than a wonderful and 
strange feeling of rest and assurance of restora- 
tion came over me, and from that very moment I 
began to get better in health and was almost re- 
stored to perfect health in a few weeks. 

To-day it is a few days over four years since I 
made the covenant. In that time I have had bet- 
ter health and grown atouter than in any four 
years of my life. My covenant stands before me 
continually as a monument to look at and to rag, 
ulate my future, and I shall ever, as in the past 
four years, aim to carry out my solemn pledge in 
the covenant to the God of my life. I have found 
the covenant such a help to me and such a con- 
stant reminder for good, that I am constrained to 
speak of it and to urge it upon my brethren and 
friends to "go and do likewise." And now es- 
pecially as the New Year is upon ns, what better 
act of oonsecration could we show to our kind 
Heavenly Father than to bring him the offering 
of our completer self in ju9t the way that I feel 
the Good Spirit led me to do. If you have not 
as yet made a covenant to help and regulate yon 
in your giving, give, I pray, the suggestion a 
thought. And now may the Infinite God and Fa- 
ther of onr Lord and Savior ever keep and 
bless us I 

Oaks, Pa. _ 

BEVIVALS-WHAT WILL THB HABVEST BE! 

BY JA8. A. SELL. 

A bevival, in common parlance, means a gen- 
eral awakening in a commnnity on the subject of 
religion. It is when the faithful become more 
zbsIoub, the cold are warmed up, the indifferent 
become interested and even the usually unoon- 
carned leave their wickedness and, for the time 
being, go with the more devout to the place of 
worship, and in so doing many at last unite with 
the church. Much good has always resulted 
from such awakenings. 

The church of Christ has been wonderfully en- 
larged and strengthened by the tidal wave of re- 
vival that occasionally sweeps over the land. 
That such meetings are a great blessing to the 
world and encouraging to the friends of the 
ohnroh no one will deny. That they are not with- 



out danger to the ohnrch the most ordinary ob- 
server will also see. That mnch harm has re- 
sulted to the church from such meetings is too 
painfully evident to need proof. When the folly 
of men is mixed with the work of the Lord the 
result will not be attended with a blessing. The 
wild fire will not mix with the true, to warm and 
purify. Means that the Lord did not appoint he 
will not own and bless. The monrner's bench 
was no donbt innocently and sincerely introduced 
with good intentions, but it grew to proportions 
that its inventors did not intend, and finally tub- 
verted and perverted the Gospel system of con- 
version and pardon; and the more pronounced 
and dogmatic its advocates beoame, the greater 
was its effect in prodnoing and keeping np a re- 
vival meeting. And the day has not yet gone 
when one can speak against it without being stig- 
matiz sd as an enemy to revivals or a heretio, big- 
oted or lacking in charity. 

While the bench religion is especially objec- 
tionable in its claim of pardon for sin without the 
conditions of the Gospel, which are faitb, repen- 
tance and baptism, yet its accompaniment?, such 
aa noisy singing, clapping hands, shouting, tum- 
bling over the floor, telling exciting stories to stir 
the feelings, and coaxing, persuading and pulling 
at people to get them forward, are of doubt- 
ful propriety. 

We, as a church, feel pretty safe from this mod- 
ern way of condncting a revival, since we do not 
have the mourners' bench. Bnt may we not have 
the spirit of it while we do not have the thing it- 
self and differ from others not so muoh in princi- 
ple as in degree? Sonnd doctrinal preaching 
does not produce a modern revival. To have re- 
vival meetings we must have a " revivalist." He 
must be an exhorter. He must make a noise, — 
and it is often very little more. The powerful 
preaching we so often hear spoken of means 
simply a powerful voice. To awaken the emo- 
tions, death- bed scenes are described in the most 
pathetic manner. The wounds that the bsreaved 
have suffered, but which have now been mitigated 
by the soothing hand of time are torn open to 
bleed anew. Children are fondled and kissed to 
win the mothers, the young people are talked to, 
urged, and coaxed, and persuaded, to come to 
Christ. That some, or all of the above, may be 
used, when tempered with prudence and propri- 
ety, will not be questioned. But who can look 
upon this, as carried on in onr revival meetings 
to-day and not have the thought rise, " What will 
the harvest be? " Bro. Qainter, who was very re- 
served in his opinions about preachers, once said 
to the writer, alluding to a revivalist whose fame 
went over the Brotherhood like a prairie fire: 
" I never enjoyed his preaohing." A thoughtful, 
far-seeing brother said of the same preacher, 
" We oan traok him in all our division troubles." 
An intelligent and pions sister once said of some 
preaohing, " It is hard to find a few crumbs of the 
Bread of Life in it." 

If our peculiarities as a church are worth any- 
thing and we desire to perpetuate them, it will 
require sound and thorough teaching, whioh 
must be done before or after members are in the 
church. That some of it must go before, both 
the Bible and common sense unite in asserting. 
This may cause the work to move more slowly, 
but certainly more surely, and save us from the 
incongruity of laying aside fashionable garments 
to wash one another's feet, or going behind a our- 
tain, bo as not to be seen, or eventually patting it 
" out the back door." 

It is a fact that the religious thermometer in 
many of our churches is almost at freezing point. 
To counteract this a brother is sent for who has 
the reputation for adding members to the church, 
and the work now begins. Subjects of a novel 



January 22, 1896. 



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53 



and sensational nature are announced. The 
neighborhood is thoroughly oauvassed. The 
members become enthnsed and the neighborhood 
is aronsed. Other denominations are attacked, 
and on aoconnt of the overwhelming evidence 
against them in the design and mode of baptism 
they are fairly slaughtered. Thsy are shaken as 
by a mighty wind and some come to the churoh. 
"Some make light of it and go their way, one to 
his farm, another to his merchandise and the 
remnant become spiteful." In due time the 
meeting closes and the correspondent to the pa- 
per says the brother preached in " demonstration 
of the Spirit and with power "and ten, twenty or 
thirty came out on the Lord's side and the chnrch 
was greatly enoouraged. This is all good news, 
and we love to hear it. But when the reaction 
comes,— as oome it will,— how is the church to 
stand the effect of this stimulant? The meeting, 
preaching, and all that has been done is away out 
of the ordinary and of course can not be kept up. 
The sermons that were especially prepared for 
such oooasions and preached over and over again 
muBt now be followed by the home ministsr who 
leaves his plow to minister to those whom he has 
been preaohing to for years. Again the question 
o:m9s up, 'What will the harvest be? " 

In the consideration of the subject we deduce 
the conclusions, — 

1. Like produces like in the nature of things. 

2 We must live in the element into which we 
are born or die. 

3. Means are sometimes employed that enoour- 
age a low plane of Christian experience,- 

4. Oar e must be used that z9al be tempered 
with prudence and knowledge. 

5 Instead of enlarging the borders of Zion, we 
may enlarge its troubles. 

6. A steady, healthy growth is the most effectu- 
al revival 

McKee's Cap, Pa. 



"LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF." 

BY NANOI D. DNDEBHILL 

The above language of our Lord is the second 
great principle of life, as given for all peoplp, by 
One who is all-wise. The first principle concerns 
onr relation or attitude towaid our Creator. But 
the eeoond, which is the subject of this article, 
refers to our relation or dnty toward our fellow- 
beings. It is THE PRINCIPLE OF LIFE which we 
all ought to observe in respect to one another. It 
is the principle which we have in the Golden 
Ride. It is n^t a narrow creed or rule, but it is 
as broad as ihe universe. A great many people, 
like the lawyer who waB willing to justify himself 
(Luke 10: 29), would ask, "Who is my neigh- 
bor?" But they are too willing to answer them- 
selves acoording to their own narrow rule. Their 
answer is generally like this: In words,— " My 
neighbor is the man who lives next door." In 
thought,— "My neighbor is the soul whom I 
love." Thus, if they are highminded, their 
neighbors are those who drivo costly ( quipages, 
wear fine clothes, live in palaces and go in high 
society. If they are of the lower or poorer class, 
they will consider the persons whose society is 
pleasant to them as neighbors. 

But J6sus never made any such narrow appli- 
cation. In his parable of the Good Samaritan, 
the neighbor is represented ae a stranger in 
trouble; and the lawyer who inquired of his duty 
was told to go and do as the Samaritan did. 
Luke 10: 37. Thus onr neighbor is any one who 
may need our love, sympathy or help; any one 
whom we may benefit. In the Golden Eule wo 
have the term " men " used in a universal sense 



(Matt. 7: 12; Luke 6:31), self being the standard 
by which we are to govern our behavior toward 
men,— toward all mankind. As much as we love 
self, just so much ought we to love every soul 
whom God has created, for there is no respect of 
persons with God. One is just as precious as 
another. He who is love breathed his breath in- 
to every living eoul. He so loved the world that 
he gave his only begotten Son for its redemption. 
He is not willing that any should perish. There- 
fore we being his children, ought to be like him, 
loving all and doing good unto all. 

The neighbors living near by whom we see 
often, whose voioes and faces are familiar, who 
have been kind to ub in times of sorrow, who have 
helped us in time of n6ed, "tin easy to love. Yet 
how few of ua ever think how dear they shonld 
be to our heartsl Let aome slight provocation 
roffl^ their temper or hinder their discretion, how 
prone are we to become angry and seek to do 
them injury by word or deed, or to withhold our 
love and refuse to recognize or associate with 
them. Tet we have smned. Many times we 
come far short of doing right, have Bpoken un- 
kindly and even acted harshly. Do we desire 
that ou.r unkind words and deeds shall be treas- 
ured up against ns, to oome back like sharp ar- 
rows or bitter draught6? Jesus says, "If ye for- 
give not men their trespasaes, neither will your 
Father forgive your trespasses" (Matt. 6: 15). 
" Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain 
mercy." Therefore we ooght to so love our neigh- 
bor that we would forgive all his faults and have 
mercy upon his short-comings, even as we our- 
selves wonld wish that onr faults might be buried 
and forgotten. 

The dear, near neighbors whom we see so of- 
ten, — we enter their homes unexpected, see the 
dust in the corners, hear the private conversa- 
tion, receive the confidence of a friend, and catch 
a glimpse of the skeleton, probably, which they 
thought was safely hidden from all prying eyes. 
Ohl how cruel it wonld be to mention any of 
those things to othersl How it would toiture us 
to have them so do to nsl Then let ub Iovb those 
neighbors in snch measure thnt we will protect, 
shield, care for and bless them. 

" Love snffereth long, and is kind. Love envi- 
eth not; love vaanteth not itself, is not puffed up, 
doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her 
own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; re- 
joiceth not in iniquity, but rejaiceth in the truth; 
beareih all things, bdiiveth all things, hopeth 
all things, endubeth all things" If we love our 
neighbor, we shall be very slow to see his faults, 
and full of hope for his future welfare. If we 
love him, we shall be very slow to get angry 
against him, but will patiently suffer and endure, 
hoping for his ultimate salvation and happiness. 
If we love onr neighbor as ourselves we will not 
let him suffer year after year in silence and never 
offer a word of sympathy; nor will we let him 
tail far beyond hie strength without offering to 
help bear his burdens. If we love him acoording 
to the Golden Kale we will often give up our own 
selfish interests in order to help him over a rough 
place. Siokness and trouble will find us at his 
side, even if we have to sacrifice self to do so. 

But the near neighbor is not the only one 
whom we ought to love. The stranger on the 
street, the tramp at our door, the high cflhial, 
the lowest criminal, the rich in their cjetly robes, 
and the poor in their rags and hunger, all have 
their heartaches and troubles. They all need 
love of their fellow-men. I care not how rich 
they may be, the heart can aohe and throb under 
the finest jacket that ever was worn. No matter 
how high they are, crowns are often composed of 
thorns. No matter how low they are, God gave 
them life and he loves them. Jesus laid down 



his precious life for their redemption, and still he 
loves them. There is a spark of God's love hid. 
den away under the coarse, ugly garment of the 
meanest criminal that sits in his cell, and hia 
heart yearns for human sympathy and love. Oh, 
if we have levs for God's dear ones, we will feed 
the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the home- 
less, visit the sick and those who are in prison, 
help one another, oomfort one another, bless one 
another. 
Canon City, Colo. 



Notes from Our Correspondents. 

' Ai cold water to a thirsty iodI, io 1i good oewa Iron, a far coantry 



Elk Hui, Va.— We are glad to report one bur:'ed 
with Christ in baptism. Yesterday after morn- 
ing preaching we out through ssven inches of ice 
and a tender young sister went down as boldly as 
if the weather had been the most pleasant.— D. C. 
Zigler, Stover, Va , Jon. 7. 

Bglon, W. Va. — We closed our aeries of meeting! 
with the Brethren of South Fairfield, Mich., Jan. 
9, with nine additions by baptism, two reclaimed 
and one applicant, and others, we think, near the 
the kingdom. We arrived safe at our home in 
WeBt Virginia Jan. 8 —Jonas Fike, Jan. 9. 

North Borrill, Kans.— Bro. Peter Whitmer com- 
menced a series of meetings in a schoolhonse in 
this churoh, Deo. 30, continuing one week. Muoh 
interest was manifested and six young souls made 
the good choioe and were received into the church 
by confession and baptism.— T A. Eisenbise, 
Jan. 11. 

Colfax, W. Va.— Oar meeting jnst closed at the 
Brethren's meetinghouse here. Bro. D. J. Mil- 
ler, of Overhill, Upshur Co., preached for ni 
in all nineteen sermons. One was reclaimed and 
two baptizsd, — a father and daughter. The old 
brother is about eighty-two years of age. — D. W. 
Kirk, Deo. 31. 

Black Biver, Dick.— Bro 8. M. Smith, of the 
Thorn Apple chnrch, came to us Dec. 22 and re- 
mained with us till Deo. 31, and preached ten ex- 
cellent sermons. There were no accessions but 
we have reason to believe that lasting impressions 
were made. Bro. Smith is an able speaker. — Da- 
vid Thomas, Jan. 10 

Silver Greet Caurcb, Ohio.— Dec. 15 the members 
met in quarterly council to work for the Lord. 
Everything passed off to the edification and satis- 
faction of all. It was decided to have a protraot- 
ed effort a* the Hiokory Grove church sometime 
in February, to be oondnoted by the home minis- 
ters. The meeting at the Walnut Grove ohurch, 
which began Deo. 22, closed Jan. 6, with good in- 
terest. Bro. J. B. Light, of Green Springs, Ohio, 
did the preaobing. There were no immediate 
conversions, but we were all well fed with spirit- 
ual manna. This congregation has two Bible 
classes now in rnnning order. We trust they will 
result in good. May the Lord bless the work 
everywhere! — A. A. Throne, Pioneer, Ohio. 

Sonlb Waterloo, Iowa.— Bro. E. S. Young, of Mt. 
Morris, 111., and J. K. Miller, of Linn County, 
Iowa, conducted a very successful Bible Term for 
us, continuing for ten days, from Dec. 19 to 29. 
The enrollment was over one hundred, and the 
instructions were very interesting. The following 
brethren were with us from other churohes: J. E. 
Young, of Beatrice, Nebr. ; F. B. Lehman, of 
Anrelia, Iowa; B. F. McOune, Dallas Centre, 
Iowa; J. E. Bolston, Sheldon, Iowa; J. C. Seibert, 
Hill's Siding, Iowa; H. E. Taylor, Deep Biver, 
Iowa; J. L. Gonghenour, Elkhart, Iowa. Our 
quarterly council convened on New Year's Day. 
All business passed off pleasantly and in a Chris- 
tian spirit— J. H. Fike, Waterloo, Iowa. 



TEiB.. GOSPEL MESSENGEl?. 



January 22, 189B. 



Missionary and Tract Work Department. 



Committee : 



^"Tracts are sent Tree only to points where there Is no 
church organization. 

£^~A11 money and correspondence Intended for the Home 
and European Missions, the India Mission the Book and 
Tract Work, the Missionary Visitor, and the Brethren's Sun- 
day School Song Book, should be addressed to 

Thk Gbn'l Miss, and Tract Com., 
Galen B. Royer, Sec. Mt. Morris, 111 

RSLIOIOUS INFORMATION. 

The following, compiled by the St. Louis 
Christian Advocate, may be of intereit to our 
readers: 

— There are 47 Chinese temples in this conn- 
try, valned at S62.000. 

— The Society for Ethical Onltnre claims 4 or- 
ganizations and 1 064 members. 

— The Friends of the Temple have 4 churches, 
worth S15O0O, and 340 members. 

— The Social Brethren claim 913 members, and 
have 20 ohurches, valued at S8.700. 

— The Plymouth Brethren have 6,661 members 
who attend 314 churches, valned at SI, 465. 

— The Friends, or Quakers, are a wealthy body. 
They have 1,056 ohurohes, worth $4 541,334. 

— The Christian Mission Association has 13 
ohurohes, worth S3, 900, and has 754 members. 

— There are 989 Dankard churches valued at 
$1,363,631, and having a membership of 73,795. 

— All branches of the Mennonites have 41,541 
members, with 550 churches valued at S643 800 

— The Theosophical Society has 40 divisions, 
with 695 members and property valued at S600 

— The Unitarians claim a membership of 67, 
749, and have 421 churches, valned at 810,335, 
100. 

— The Independent Oongregationalists claim 
14,126 members, and 156 ohnrches, worth SI 486 
000. 

— All Lutheran bodies have 1.231,072 members 
who worship in 8,695 ohurohes, valued at S35 060, 
354 

— The Catholic Apostolic (Independent) has 
10 churches, worth S66.C00, and claims 1 394 mem- 
bers. 

—The Christian Union worships in 294 build- 
ings, valued at $234,450, and claims 18,214 mem- 
bers. 

—The Moravians have 94 churches and halls, 
valued at 8681,250, and claim a membership of 
11,781 

— The UniversaliBts claim a membership of 
49.194, who worship in 956 churches, worth $8 
054 333 

— The Church Triumphant, Schweinfurths, has 
12 churches, worth $15,000, and attended by 384 
members. 

— The Sohwenkfeldians have the smallest de- 
nomination reported by the census. They have 
4 churches, worth $12,200, and a membership of 
306. 

—There are 51,489 Methodist churches of all 
branches in the United States, having 4.589,284 
communicants, and their church property is val- 
ued at $132,140,179. 



—The Biver Brethren have 111 churches, 
valned at S81.350, and have a membership of 
3,4 17. 

—The United Brethren have 4,526 chnroh 
buildings, worth Sl,937,583, and a membership 
of 225.281 

—The Oongregationalists have 4,868 ohurch 
buildings, worth $12,206 838, with a membership 
of 512,771. 

—The Latter Day Saints, Mormons, have 856 
churches, worth $1,051,791, and a membership 
of 166,125 

—The German Evangelical Synod has 870 
churches, worth $1,614,420, and a membership 
of 187,432 

—The Ohristadelphians have 63 ohurch build 
ings or halls, valued at $40,000, and a member, 
ship of 1.277. 

—The Disciples of Christ have a membership 
of 641 051, and have 7,246 chnroh edifices, valued 
at $12,206,038 

The Salvation Army in the United States has 
329 buildings, worth $38,160, and claims a mem- 
bership of 8,150 

— The Evangelical Association has a member- 
ship of 133,313, and 2.310 churches and halls, 
worth $4,785 680 

— The Jewish people of the United States have 
533 synagogues, valued at 89,754,275, and olaim 
130,498 adherent*. 

—The M. E Chnroh, South, has 15,017 church- 
es, with a membership of 1,209.976, and property 
worth S18.775.362 

— The Church of God, Winebrennarian, has 
22511 members, who worship iu 479 churches, 
valned at S643 185. 

— All bodies of Adventists have 1,757 church 
buildings that cost SI. 236,345, and are attended 
by 60 491 members 

—The M. E, Ohurch, North, claims 25.861 
churches, worth S96.721.-l08, and having a mem- 
b?rehip of 2.240.354. 

— The Ohurch of the New Jerusalem claims 
a membership of 7,095, and 164 church buildings, 
valued at Sl.385,455. 

— In 1842, the number of communicants in the 
Protestant ohurches inj China was 6; in 1865, 
2,000; and in 1892, 50,000. 

—The Baptists have 42,91)9 churches and a 
membership of 3,712 468. Their church property 
is estimated at S82 328,123 

—There are 5,102 Episcopal ohurohes in this 
country, having 540,509 members, Their church 
property is worth 882.835,418. 

— The churches of the Christian connection in 
this country have 1,424 buildings, worth SI 775, 
202, and attended by 103,722 members. 

—Of Presby'e.-ian church buildings in the 
United States there are 13 476; their membership 
amounts to 1,278 332, and the value of their 
church property is $94 869,097 



BY GEBTBODE A FLOBY. 

Would we speak the words of mistrust and 
nnkindness, if we knew how true, how tender, 
how loviDg were the hearts which they would 
pierce like poisoned arrows? 

Would we be so eager to repeat the faults 
of others and oensnre their misdeeds, oould 
we read our own records as they oome from the 
lieoording Angel's hand? 

Would we be so Blow to minister to the Strang 
er, the homeless, the wanderer, if, somewhere in 



the broad avenues of life, one from our hotiae. 
hold band occupied one of these lowly stations? 

Would we go with such tardy feet to the res. 
cue of the straying, if, in that great multitude, 
we caught a glimpse of our only child hastening 
down to eternal death? 

Would we hold our gold with covetous grasp 
while we spurn the touching plea for the suffer. 
ing and needy, if we could look beyond and tee 
our entrance to heaven money- barred? 

Would wa consume twice as much food as is 
needful to sustain life, and spit and smoke away 
God's means with which he has blest us, were 
the millions of voices pleading for bread mingled 
in one mighty, monrnfnl sound in our ears? 

Would we gratify our absorbing love of music 
by the sweet tones of a fine instrument, should 
the unanswered calls from heathen lands for the 
Light of Life mingle with onr melodies in a 
minor strain, and in that strain we recognize the 
voice of one of our loved ones? 

Would we adorn our walls with costly paint- 
ings and photographs, our center tables with 
albums and ornaments, our windows with rare 
laces, should the souls, starving because of the 
lack of means t) send them the Bread of Life, 
pass in panoramic view before our art- loving eyes, 
and among that vast concourse of emaciated souIb 
was one of our household treasures? 

Would we wear our gold-rimmed spectacles 
and rich dresses, our silk and satin bonnets, 
our plush and sealskin cloaks, and deoorate our 
tables with silver, cut glass and fine china, and 
furnish our houses in modern styles, were we 
only to glance into the hovels of the world's des- 
titute poor and in their lamentations catch the 
tone of a dear father's or mother's loved voice, 
or the hungry wail of a darling child? 

Would we nearly cover a fine cashmere Bkirt 
with an overdress of the seme material, and shirr 
and puff twice the amount of goods needed into 
sleeves and bonnet, should we sit in the cheerless 
room of the drunkard's wife and see her stream- 
t9ars while she tells her weary heart-aches 
in being deprived of church privileges, — though 
dwelling almost in the church door, — because she 
has not the courage to come to meeting and sit 
beside us in her rags and bare feet? 

Would we patron'z? the free lunch counter 
over which strong drink is bartered for souls, 
and occasionally " take a glass," if, looking on, 
were the countless host of wives and mothers and 
children, whose hearts are scorohed and blistered 
by rum, — whose very lives are crushed and blight- 
ed by the ruin of their hearts' idols? 

Would we be amused and jest about the sug- 
gestive sign, " The First Place," and " The Last 
Place," standing before the saloon in the oity 
snburbe, if one of our hearts' treasures went 
reeling to hell over its rum-stained threshold, 
thus making it indeed, " the first place " leading 
down to ruin and " the last place " nearest the 
abode of everlasting darkness? 

Would we iauehingly repeat the drunkard's 
delirious babblings, had we witnessed a darling 
brother carried home " dead drunk," to a dear, 
good wife, and b een a noble, affectionate father 
changed into a sot, a demon, a maniao by too 
much wine? 

Would we give our inflnenoe, by word or ac- 
tion, to the direful liquor traffic, if even one of 
our own dear kindred had gone down to a drunk- 
ard's dishonored grave? 

Would we, as a people, as a nation, permit a 
saloon or distillery to disgraoe this fair land of 
ours if, from each household, one loved one had 
gone down to join the countless millions slain 
by strong drink and doomed to eternal woe in 
everlasting darkness? 
Would we be silent, prayerlees, idle, if, in ' Be 



January 22, 1895. 



mighty tide of sorrow, poverty and Bin, ws were 
being carried onward to »wi£t destruction and 
eternal woe? Won'd we, my brother, my water? 
Ohl would we? 
LaPorfe, Ind. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGEIJ, 



GONE BEFORE. 



ISti, 



d h Sarah Spirl 



There Is a beautiful lace In the silent air, 

Which follows me ever and near; 
With smiling eyes and amber hair, 
With voiceless lips, yet with breath of prayer, 

That I feel but cannot hear. 
The dimpled hand and ringlet of gold, 

Lie low In a marble sleep: 
I stretch my hand for a cla6p of old, 
But the empty air Is strangely cold, 

And my vigil alone I keep. 
There's a sinless brow with a radiant crown, 

And a cross laid down In the dust; 
There's a smile where never a shade comes noi 
And tears no more from those dear eyes flow, 

So sweet In their Innocent trust. 
There's a beautiful region above the skies, 

And I long to reach Its shore, 
For I know I shall find my treasure there, 
Tne laughing eyes and amber hair, 

Of the loved one gone before. 



SOCIAL OS PRAYER MEETINGS 
BY I. BENNETT TBODT. 

The object of God in Christ is the converting 
and saving of sinners That this objeot might 
be accomplished, Ohrist came into the world, 
sntfored and died, and established the church. 
The success of this church depends largely upon 
the spiritual culture and Scriptural knowledge 
of its members. I look upon the social meeting 
as one of the best means to bring about this 
cnlture and knowledge. L?t me define the so- 
cial meeting. It is an assembly in which eaoh 
parson may present Scriptural thought upon the 
subject under consideration. We at once see 
that a knowledge of the Word is necessary to 
the exercise defined. I now discnss this subject 
by answering soma questions frequently asked in 
relation to it. 

1. Have toe any authority for such meetings? 
I answer, YES. The student of the Word quite 
well knows that the Gospel teaches that both 
men and women are to pray and prophesy. 1 
Oor. 11: 1-16. As evidence that this was en- 
gaged in, we refer to the daughters of Philip, 
Acts 21:9, also to those sisters whom Paul ac- 
knowledged as having shared his labor in the 
Gospel. Phil. 4:3. Notice, they labored with 
him "in the Gospel." Paul again meets our 
definition by saying, <; For ye may all prophesy 
one by one, that all may learn and all be oom- 
forted." 1 Oor. 14:31. There is a class of Scrip*- 
ures, as 1 Oor. 14: 34 and 1 Tim. 2: 11, 12, that 
are frequently used to condemn the social meet- 
ing, bacause in these meetings women are par- 
mitted to apeak. We meet this objection by say- 
ing that if those Scriptures be thus interpreted, 
then Paul has not only contradicted himself, 
but he has condemned the daughters of Philip, 
as well as those sisters that labored with him 
"in the Gospel." But we found that he com- 
mended the latter. Further we would thus es- 
tablish a difference between Paul and Joel. See 
Joel 2: 28. We would have Paul at variance with 
the disoiples' condnot upon the day of Pente- 
oost. But Peter said it was only in line with 
prophecy. Acts 2: 16-18 

We must not interpret Scripture in a way 
that brings about contradiction. Those quota- 
tions given by Panl in which he seems to forbid 
the woman to speak in public assembly, were only 
to teach that the woman is not to supersede in 



the work of the church, but she is to follow after 
the man and be a helper. It is quite evident 
that in apostolic times, when the disciples met 
from honse to house, all spoke for Jesus. 

As further authority, I refer to the action of 
Annual Meeting upon the subject. Sse Revised 
Minntes, page 20 1. 

2. What gold will result from social meeting) ? 
Our knowledge of the Word rapidly increases. 
Our interest in the Scripture grows. It helps 
all to better enjoy church fellowship, by inspir- 
ing confidence in each other and love for our 
fellow disciples. The members will learn who 
those are that are " apt to teach," which is one 
of the instructions read when about to vote for 
a minister. But that practioally becomes a " dead 
letter" in a ohurch having no social meeting. 
We need only to look to see the sad results 
along that line. It is a great means to encourage 
and strengthen the young oonvert. Exercise 
gives strength. We say to them, "Stay away 
from shows, fairs, dances, etc., etc." Then let 
us give them some place to go where they can 
work. "Idleness is the devil's workshop." By 
giving all something to do, idleness is avoided 
and Satan out-generaled. It leads to a higher 
spiritual life, something sadly Iaoking in so many 
churches. While one is searching for Gospsl 
truth to present to others, he will very naturally 
examine his life in harmony with the truths 
found. 

3, Are you not nfraid thai the social meeting 
will drift into what is called an experience meet- 
ing? All good things may be abused. Some 
people eat like gluttons, some sleep like slug- 
gards, some pray like Pharisees, some do alma 
to be seen of men. Yet all these are good if 
properly done. And yet, after all, if a man has 
had an experience in harmony with the Gospel, 
will any one state why he may not tell it? Jeans 
authorized, as well ordered, a certain one to go 
and tell what he had experienced by being with 
him, But notice carefully what he was to tell, 
Mark 5: 18-20. 

Certain so-called prophets rose np a few years 
ago and bad much to say about Christmas trees, 
picnics, conventions, etc, in connection with 
Sunday schools. Yet now we enjoy the Sunday 
school and do not allow those evils to intrude. 

4 How shall tee conduct these meetings? As 
Annual Meeting direots, — in Gospel order. 1 
is safe always. Let a good subject be previously 
selected and announced. Let every member 
be present. After singing and prayer, let the 
brother or sister who is leader for the evening, 
read a Scripture lesson on the Babject, after 
which each one present may and ought to say 
something treating npon the subject. An oc- 
casional song is good. Arrange for the next 
meeting and dismiss. 

I favor the prayer meeting, because I believe 
it is Scriptural, apostolic, praotical, and essential 
to the best and most rapid growth in the mem- 
bers. 

New Carlisle, Ohio. 

FAR-REACHING. 

BY J. 8. FLOBY. 

In the discharge of onr duty in life we seldom 
realize or consider how far-reaching our work 
may be. Especially is this true in our religious 
work. In a late Messenger I notice a statement 
that from a certain church or local organization 
of the Brethren, there had gone out, to settle 
in other localities, over two thousand members. 
I had to think what a wonderful influence went 
with those representatives of the churoh. If the 
home ministers, as well as the lay members, 



were vigilant in keeping the faith of the Gos- 
pel in their own lives and exerting a salutary 
influence on the minds of others, so that they 
were moulded after the pattern of Ohrist, what 
a power for good went with those emigrants 
into new fields; and there their influence was 
brought to bear on others and thus the good 
work went on and on like the waters coursing 
their way to the ocean. 

If every housekeeper, every minister and every 
lay member could look at this matter in its true 
relation and consider how far-reaching their 
work may be, there would, I imagine, be a more 
carefnl effort made on the part of all to be more 
obedient to the demands of true religion, keep 
farther from worldly influences and live in har- 
mony with the requirements of the church. 

In like manner as a power for good goes with 
tho3e rightly indoctrinated with the principles 
of the churoh, so a power for evil goes with those 
who have been lax in discipline and careless 
in ohurch government. Constant vigilance is 
the price of our prosperity as a church after 
the pattern of our Master. Firmness in love and 
strictness in the' right are qualifications that no 
one need be ashamsd of. though the frowning 
world may oppose. 

Never, since the scene on Calvary closed, has 
there been a time when there were such mount- 
ains of opposing irflaenceB brought to bear against 
the religion of " Jesus of Nazareth " as at pres- 
ent. The very " eleot," it soems, are in danger; 
yet we have a hope that there is enough of the 
spirit of the Master permeating the body to keep 
it steady on the narrow way. 

Let eaoh one of us remember, our irjfiuenoe 
for weal or woe goes marching on and at the 
judgment we must meet it all. There is where 
things will be evened up on a true basis. 



Afteb a scientific study and a series of experi- 
ments extending over a number of years, the 
German Imperial factories for preparing food 
for the army have ordered the introduction of 
the " sohechi^ah," the method of slaughtering 
cattle, etc, adopted by the Rabbis and based 
upon the Mosaic laws. This is certainly the 
mo?t remarkable tribute to the wisdom of the 
old Jewish dietary laws that has ever been of- 
fered in modern times. —American Israelite. 



is th„ recognised organ of the German Baptist or Brethren'* chorea, 
aod advocates the !orm of doctrine taught In the New Testament and 
pleads for a return to apostolic and primitive Christianity. 

'; :::con!i-3 the Her, Testament a3 the only inialllble rule of faith and 
;-a:!l:e and maintains that ?aith toward God, Repentance irona dead 
sorks, Regeneration oi the heart and mind, baptism by Trine Immersion 
o. isnilssicn oi sins unto the reception oi ths Holy Ghost by the laying 
)c oi hands, are the dears ci adoptfoa Into the household of God,— tha 
rhureh militant, 
it also maintains .hat Feet-washing, as taught in John IJ, both By ex- 
.,'- uuacommaadoi Jesus, should be observed in the church. 

' : - ■■'''- '^- :-, instituted" by Christ and as universally ob- 

. -A the eariy Christians, is a full meal, and, In 

..-.':■. ConuDUBfOD, should be tassa In the evening or after 



:. '--: 



t Else oi Charity, Is blndint 



_ ttetctl-C.o^ i:i L:utrary to the spirit and self-denying 
■ KltsiOB oi jesus Christ. 
That the principle cf Plain Dressing and ol Non-conformity to ths 
: .'. la tut i'.-.x Testament, should be observed by ths ltd' 
losrsnof Christ. 

Scriptural duty oi Anointing the Sick with Oil. in the Name 

;. ,'s binding upon all Christians. 

c-teo the church's duty to support Missionary and Tract 

: i ~: .3 the Lc.j lot .a: *p~ead oi the Gospel and lor the 

slnnera. 

Bho t, It Is a rlndfeatoroial] that Jhris, and the apostles haveen- 

I us, and aims, andd the condlctlng theories and discords oj 

- - . .'rteadotn. to paint oat ground that all must concede to beta- 



tyy-The above principles of our Fraternity are set forth 
on our Brethren's Envelopes." Use them! Price 15 cents 
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January 22, 1896. 



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The following was copied from a letter re- 
ceived by the Secretary of the General Mission 
Board and handed to ns: ''Two little hands to 
work for Jeans Miss Kate Barkdoll, a little 
girl eight years old, invested ten oents for mis- 
sionary money, and in seven months time it has 
made eighty oents for her. We hope this will 
encourage other little hands to work for the 
Lord." 

A bbotheb writes ns that there were twenty 
ministers behind the table at the love feast, and 
when the time for preaching came, not one of 
them was prepared, bnt they spent some minutes 
extending the invitation to each other, while 
the large congregation looked on in astonishment. 
This was certainly not pleasing to the Lord. 
Such examples will ohill any congregation and 
is always displeasing to the earnest members. 
When a number of ministers happen to assemble 
at any meeting it should, in some way, be ar- 
ranged beforehand who is to preach, that he may 
make some preparation in heart and mind for 
th9 work, and enter upon it understandingly. 



On account of the connection of Egypt with 
Bible history, our readers are interested in any 
important development respecting the improve- 
ment of the country. To such, the following 
clipped from the Independent will prove inter- 
esting: "The yonng Khedive of Egypt, Abbas 
II, is now twenty years of age. He is largely 
under the influence of his beautiful mother, 
Emineh Hanem, who is only thirty-five years of 
age. European papers describe the Khedive aa 
a harmless, well-educated young man and a good 
son, who lives with his mother either in Cairo 
and Alexandria, or in his own country seat near 
Cairo. This place embraces 800 acres, and is 
a model plantation in every particular, English 
and American machinery being used throughout. 
The Khedive thinks the latter better than the 
English. It is his ambition to make the Egypt- 
ians an agricultural people, and in order to make 
their prosperity independent of the annnal over- 
flow of the Nile he is aiming at the introduction 



of a system of irrigation on a grand scale. As a 
model for this he has seleoted the system nsed 
by the Mormons in converting sterile Utah into 
a garden spot. At any rate the yonng man's 
ideals and aims for the welfare of his historic 
land are high and noble." 

Bbo. D. F. Stooffeb went to the Lost Biver 
church, Virginia, to hold a series of meetings. 
He was greeted by people who heard him gladly, 
but he soon observed that only a few of the mem- 
bers were taking the Messenqeb. This was not 
as he thought it should be, so he gave the matter 
immediate attention, and is trying to induce the 
people to take the paper. We hope to hear of 
other preachers following Bro. Stouffer's exam- 
ple. A little effort along this line would place 
the Messenger in hundreds of families where 
great good might be accomplished. 



Some liberal-hearted brother in Pennsylvania 
who does not care to have his left hand know 
what the right hand doetb, sends us four drafts : 
one of S10.00 for missionary purposes; one of 
S16 00 for the Washington church; another of 
S16 00 for the Western sufferers and one of §10 00 
for sending the Messenger to the poor. The 
brother does not give his name, bnt the Lord 
knoweth all such and will abundantly bless them. 
It does the bouI good to know that here and 
there are those who are willing to respond so 
freely to the calls of the needy. 



Bbo. Albion 0. Daggett, of Burr Oak, Kans , 
writes that in his communication whioh appeared 
on page 13 of current volume, he did not mean 
to say that there is a meeting house in Denver, 
and now wishes a correction made. We, of course, 
knew that the Brethren had no house of wor- 
ship in Denver, yet failed to notioe the error 
when we read his manuscript. We, of course, 
cheerfully make the correction, and further add, 
that while the Brethren in Denver have no meet- 
inghouse they are greatly in need of one, and 
hope the time is not far distant when they 
can have the pleasure of worshiping in their 
own house. 

Some one writes ns about a sister, who on ac- 
count of heart trouble, could be placed under the 
water twice only instead of thrice as the Gospel 
demands, though every reasonable effort was 
made to complete the baptism in its regular or- 
der. He wants to know whether it is valid bap- 
tism. Without expressing an opinion just at 
this time, we remark, that there is a good deal 
of difference between a person who does her ut- 
most to obey the Lord in all his appointed ways 
and one who willfully refuses to take even the 
first step in the line of Christian obedience. The 
earnest effort and desire of this afflicted sister 
to follow the example of her Lord and Master, 
should put to shame the thousands who at the 
day of judgment can have no excuse whatever 
for stopping short of the Lord's plain require- 
ments. One thing certain, the three fold immer- 
sion is the old apostolic way of baptizing. It 
is the line between the world on one side and 
the church on the other. The sister made an 
earnest effort to cross this line as the Gospel 
directs, so as to be numbered with the saints. 
If her strength failed when the two steps were 
completed, and the Lord, in great pity and mer- 
cy, reached out his hands and lifted her the 
rest of the way into the kingdom, that is no 
proof that he is goirg to bless and pardon the 
thousands, who are standing with the world in 
utter defiance of the law of the Lord, and posi- 
tively refuse to repent and be baptized in the 
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their 
sins. Acts 2: 38. 



Catharine Kelso, of Waterloo, Iowa, is u 
earnest sister. She sends us a communication 
full of holy thoughts. On account of ill health 
she has not been able to attend churoh for ten 
years, yet she is full of hope and zeal, and takes 
spooial delight in reading the Messenger. I n 
speaking of the Lord's power to heal and com- 
fort, she says one does not need to travel hun- 
dreds of miles to get the benefit of the Lord's 
power, for the Lord will draw nigh to tboae who 
will draw nigh to him. In this the sister is 
correct. The Lord knows how to find those who 
put their trust in him. Let others ponder these 
thoughts and take courage. 

There is power in money, and it may some- 
times exercise its authority to good advantage. 
Two years ago the Eusaian Jews were in great 
distress on account cf the cruelty of the Rus- 
sian Government. In some localities this suffer- 
ing was greatly increased by a famine. The civ. 
ilized world was prompt in sending relief by the 
shiploads. Lately Russia has been treating the 
Jews with a little more humanity. Everybody 
knows that the Government was in debt, and had 
to secure the loan of a large amonnt of money. 
For this purpose the Rothschilds are the greatest 
bankers of the world, but they are Jews. It is 
reported that they refused to let Russia have the 
money she so greatly needed unless she wonld 
promise better treatment for the Jews in her ter- 
ritory. This is said to be the cause of Russia's 
change of policy towards the Jews. 

Ddbing his brief stay at the Monnt, Bro. Miller 
delivered several illustrated talks on the Bible 
Lands. By means of the magio lantern over one 
hundred views, from photographs, were shown 
and well explained. He took his and i en o 3 with 
him through Rome, showing the city where Paul 
was held as prisoner, the probable plaoe where he 
was beheaded, and many other scenes oonneoted 
with Bible history. He then passed into Egypt, 
over the desert to Mount Sinai, and thence up 
the Nile one thousand miles. One entire even- 
ing was spent journeying over the Land of Pales- 
tine from Joppa to Jerusalem, thence to the Riv- 
er Jordan and the Sea of Galilee by the way of 
Nazareth. The walks about Jerusalem were both 
entertaining and instructive. After having seen 
these views, and heard these talks, one can al- 
most feel that he has actually visited the land of 
the sacred story. At the close of one of the talks 
a collection was taken up, and over $23 00 raised 
for the General Missionary Fund. 

The Pope at Rome is capable of doing a good 
thing once in a while. His late decree against 
secret societies has caused quite a ripple in re- 
ligions oirclec The decree is in Latin, and 
translated reads thus: "All Catholics for the fu- 
ture are forbidden to join the Knights of Pythias, 
the Odd Fellows or the Sons of Temperance, 
these being officially considered as coming under 
the decree against societies of Masonic origin or 
affiliations. Catholics who have, pending this 
decision, become members of these societies, are 
admonished to withdraw from them. If they re- 
fuse, they are to be denied the sacraments nntil 
they give up their membership. This edict is 
transmitted to the hierarchy of the United States 
through the apostolic delegate, Mgr. Satolli. He 
is admonished to promulgate the decree at once 
to the olergy and laity of their respective dio- 
ceses. The condemnation of the three sooieties 
is universal and applies with equal force to Cath- 
olics all over the world." This will make it nec- 
essary for a few thousand Roman Catholics in 
the United States to either withdraw from the 
seoret sooieties condemned, or be denied the sac- 
raments. 



January 22, 1896. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENG! 



57 



We oommend the Annual Meeting Committee 
of Arrangements for the good sense displayed in 
lome of their decisions made known elsewhere 
in this issue. At all of our Conferences we need 
more religion and less worldly-mindedness. Let 
ns have more preaching and less worldly busi- 
ness. The Messenger is heart and hand with 
any committee that will labor with that end 
in view. 

Bbo. H. J. Cbipe, writing from Egg Harbor, 
Mioh., says there are ten members in the County 
where he is living, and that they are very much 
in need of a minister, and especially would they 
like to have some preaohing. Cannot some one 
be found who can respond to this call? Bro. 
Oripe says the members there are poor, but they 
will do what they can towards the expenses of 
some preacher who will visit them. 



THE ANHUAL MEETING FOB 1897. 

Some years ago, after the church had passed 
through the fire, as it were, at the close of one of 
our Annual Conferences no request was made 
for holding the next Annual Meeting. The mat- 
ter of location was left in the hands of the 
officers of the meeting and a place was secured. 
At that time the laok of interest taken in the 
matter was held up quite prominently by some 
who had withdrawn from us, as evidence of the 
decadence of the church. The wish was evident- 
ly father of the thought. If the conclusion wbb 
correot then, the great number of applications 
now being made for the Conference, must indi- 
cate a hearty and vigorous growth. It is now 
no uncommon ocourrenoe to have half a dozen 
applications read at the close of one Conference, 
for the privilege of holding the next. 

The Brethren in Nebraska, at their District 
Meeting, held In the fall of 1891, made a request 
for the Annual Meeting of 1897, to be held at 
Beatrice in their State. They recognize the calls 
already made by California and other States for 
1896 and so present their olaims for 1897. 

The Conference, if secured according to the 
call, will be held at Beatrice, Nebr,, a city of 
some 15,000 inhabitants. It is a flourishing city 
and one of the railway centers of the State. The 
Burlington Boute, the Bock Island and the Un- 
ion Pacific railways make the place easy of ac- 
cess from all points of the compass. Just a mile 
from the center of the city is located the Chau- 
tauquan Assembly Grounds, with a large taberna- 
cle having a seating capacity of six thousand, and 
with many other bnildings that could be used 
by the Conference with advantage. The grounds 
will be offered free to the Brethren for the Con- 



Through the kindness of Bro. J. H. Olemmer 
and Messrs, Steal and Whitney of the Electrical 
railway, a nnmber of brethren in attendance at 
the Beatrice Bible school visited the grounds, the 
writer being among the number. The general 
opinion was that no better place has ever been 
offered for holding onr meetings. The grounds 
sre beautifully laid out Groves of shade trees 
»nd the Big Blue Biver make the place attractive. 
The buildings are all that could be desired and 
perhaps not a dollar would need be expended 
in this direotion. Good lodging could be secured 
in Beatrice and the electrical railway gives the 
means for transportation. Mr. Whitney told us 
that they carry as many as 26,000 persons to and 
from the Assembly grounds during the summer. 

It Nebraska secures the Conference for 1897, 



our Brethren may be assured that they will have 
a delightful and convenient place for holding the 
meeting. d. L. M. 

THE BETHESDA. 

For our morning lesson we read the narrative 
of Christ meeting the impotaut man at the pool, 
and some thoughts were started that are quite 
interesting to ourself and we hope, as we ptn 
them, they may be interesting to others. Bead- 
ing is like eating; our strength and growth does 
not oome so much from the quantity as the man- 
ner in which it is digested. There is a great 
deal of reading done by rote and through habit 
that gives but little of either intellectual or re- 
ligious strength. It is the thought and medita- 
tion on what we read that gives the material 
for growth. Anywhere and everywhere as we 
open on the saored page we find large fields 
for thought. 

Oar first thought was about this impotent 
man. His condition was a sad one. For thirty 
and eight years he had been a sufferer from this 
disease and up to this time no remedy could 
be found to reaoh his case. By some means he 
heard of this healing pool and we can almost 
see the smile on his faoe and the good cheer 
beaming out of his eyes, as he thinks how grand 
it would be to step down into that blessed pool 
and be healed. And he, at once, determined 
that there he would go, at any sacrifice. How 
he got there or what helped him, we are not 
told, but at last he gets to the place, and as his 
eyes for the first time, behold the healing water, 
his soul is lifted up in hope, and he feels that 
now, at last, the day of his salvation has come. 

But another picture looms up before us. Close 
beside the pool we see five long porches, and 
all around, under the wide spreading trees, we 
see tents and places of shelter and stay. These 
are filled to overflowing with siok folk, — halt, 
blind, paralytic, leprous, — men and women of 
all nationalities, representing all the diseases that 
human flesh is heir to. What a motley crowd, 
anxiously awaiting some sign to indicate the mov- 
ing of the water. 

Among them, in a booth near by, lies our im- 
potent friend, close by his side his well-worn 
crntches that everything might be ready for the 
moving, and the healing pIuDge. As the sun 
slowly sinks in the west and the last tip of its 
silvery light is seen on the tops of the surround- 
ing hills, there is a gentle quivering of the leaves 
on the near-by trees, and the first ripple is seen 
on the surface of the heretofore placid water, 
and the Divine Spirit descends with the healing 
power, and O, what a rattle, scramble and scctfls! 
A mighty rush is made for the pool,— and who will 
get in first? Some fall, some run, some piunge 
and some have friends to help in this moment 
of need. A strong man, with the impetuosity 
of a father's love, dashes forward, bearing in 
his arms an invalid daughter, and with a mighty 
effort plunges her first into the troubled water, 
and she is drawn forth saved and healed of all 
her maladies. And while he Bnd his friends re- 
turn rejoicing, hundreds of others go back to 
their tents and booths all discouraged and heavy 
hearted, to await another troubling of the water. 
Among them is our impotent friend. Thug, thug, 
we hear his orutches as they strike the ground, 
heavily laden with the load that those weak and 
useTei" limbs refuse to o»rry. Sarely, this 



disappointment with only a glimmer of hope for 
better success in the future. His own sad story 
to the Christ is: " Sir, I have no man, when the 
water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but 
while I am coming, another steppeth down before 
me." How often he had seen the healing power 
oome down into that water, and how often he 
returned from it with ore shed hopes we are not 
told, but Christ says: "He had been now a 
long time in that caBe." So we are taught that 
there was too much at stake, in his estimation, 
to give it up after a few unsuccessful efforts. 

Trnly, what will a man not do for his life? In 
many cases, a thousand times more than he is 
willing to do to save hie bouI. Dear reader, do 
yon see that poor, disappointed man lie there? 
Around and about him you see hundreds of oth- 
ers. What is all this waiting for? To be healed. 

How very anxiocs men and women are to be 
healed of their physical maladies, and we were 
made to think if there were a pool anywhere 
in the world, like this one, it would take more 
than five porohes, or all the tents and booths 
that could be placed within sight of the place, 
to accommodate the huudreds and thousands that 
would flock there to be healed. The blessings 
of physical health, in the estimation of men, are 
above the price of rubies, It is because of this 
that physicians, manufacturers of patent medi- 
cines and. those who claim the gift of healing, 
have such large followings and grow rich. 

But, again, we were made to think of the self- 
ishness of men, as exhibited in this case, The 
rnle at this poo! seemed to be the might and 
not the right Those who were strong enough 
to crowd themselves in, or those who had friends 
there to help them, received the healing, while 
the weak, the helpless and the friendless were 
left to endure, suffer and die. This place surely 
suffered violence and the violent took it by force. 
Why not those who only lately came there 
and those less afflicted, stand back and give place 
to the poor, impotent man who had now been 
there "a long time?" This wonld be just and 
right, but man is too selfish to be either just 
or right and we are glad that the time has come 
when neither healing nor salvation is gotten along 
the line of physioal, mental or financial might. 
By grace are ye saved. This kind of healing 
wbb only a faint shadow of the Great Healer 
when was to come, and the impotent man did.well 
to abide his time. If the motley crowd that was 
waiting there wonld continue to crowd him out, 
there was a greater pool opening, into which all 
who will may slip and be healed. And at this 
time and place the Ohriet oame and said to the 
man, " Rise, take up thy bed and walk." Then 
he was healed, not by stepping down into this 
pool, but by stepping into the larger pool of 
Christ, the Lord, — the fountain that was to be 
opened from the house of David for the healing 
and cleansing of the world from the power of 
Bin. 

The last thonght, What does all this mean 
to ns, and what is the lesson we can draw from 
it? It means that to day, instead of a multitude 
of impotent folk, blind, halt, withered, we have 
a world of them, spiritually, who need the heal- 
ing. Instead of a pool with an occasional " troub- 
ling," we have one now that iB tronbled all 
the time, and is large enough for the whole 
world to step in and be healed without one wait- 
ing on the other. Will we be healed? If not, 
it is beoause we choose to die, h. b. b. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGEif. 



January 22, 1895. 



THESE SIGNS SHALL FOLLOW THEM, 

Please explain the following through the Gospel M: 
scxgkr: Mark 16: 17, 18, "And these signs shall follow 
them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils 
they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up ser- 
pents; and If they shall drink any deadly thlrg, It shall not 
hurt them ; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall 
recover." Why cannot we do these miracles? When 
this power taken away? S. P. Van Dyk: 

This prediction wbb repeatedly fulfilled in 
apostles, and those that believed on them during 
the apostolic age. In Acta we read of casting 
out devils, speaking with new tongues, taking up 
serpents and healing the sick. These things were 
done until Christianity was fully proven to be of 
God. The same has been placed on record, and 
given to us in the form of the New Testament 
This is sufficient to properly enlighten and con- 
vince the world. Nothing more is needed. If 
people will not believe this they would not 
believe though they should see the dead raised to 
life. 

In a measure these things may be performed 
now. That is, by the use of the Gospel we 
may oast out devils, for this word is the power 
of God unto salvation to every one who be- 
lieves. Every truly converted person has a new 
tongue, and from dangers and even pestilen- 
ces God's people many times feel that they 
have been delivered. He has blessed and re- 
stored the sick all along the past centuries. But 
these things are not done in the sense of miracles, 
as miracles were performed in the time of Christ 
and the apostles. 

Jesus and the apostles performed miracles for 
the purpose of demonstrating that their mission 
was from heaven. This by signs and wonders 
was so fully settled that further proof is unneces- 
sary. In the place of miracles we now have the 
New Testament, containing all the proof needed 
to convinoe any one that Jesus is the Christ. 
The reason we cannot perform these miracles is 
because it is not necessary. Miraculous power 
has not been given to us. Even those who believe 
that Christians ought to perform miracles cannot 
themselves perform the wonders executed by Christ 
and the apostles. Not one of them can raise the 
dead, or speak in, or even understand, an unknown 
tongue. True, some of them can, and even do 
perform some things hard to be understood, but 
such occurrences are common among people of all 
■hades of belief. 80, after all, there is nothing re- 
ally satisfactory about the things done in support 
of the Truth. If they serve any purpose in the 
way of proof at all, it is to prove that all religious 
systems are right, and none wrong, for one party 
can perform a few remarkable things as well as 
the other. And if thoBe who sincerely believe in 
modern miracles cannot themselveB perform mir- 
aoles, they should moat assuredly not expect those 
who do not believe in such things to perform 
them. 

The great end of miracleB at the hand of 
Christ and the apostles, was not to merely relieve 
suffering humanity, but to fully oonvince the peo- 
ple that Jesus was the Christ. Therefore, if we 
accept the record transmitted to us by the in- 
spired writers, we have all that is needed to 
Christianize the world. The miracles follow us 
in that word, and the work that the record accom- 
plishes in the hearts ought to be sufficient to give 
any one confidence in it, 

80 far as the remarkable occurrences are con- 
cerned, taking place almost every day, we will not 
■ay that the hand of God is not in them, but we 



simply deny their being miracles in the sense in 
which the New Testament speaks of miracles. 
Miracles in the time of Christ and the apostles 
proved something; they proved that their mission 
was divine. But the remarkable occurrences of 
this age prove nothing, so far as Christianity is 
conoerned, at least One could probably write vol- 
umes narrating singular and even unaccountable 
occurrences that are happening daily, and have 
been for centuries. They have no bearing whatev- 
er on religion, and ought not to disturb the faith of 
any true follower of Christ. He who believes that 
Jesus is the Christ, accepts the New Testament 
as the inspired record of God's will to man, and 
obeys it, may witness these remarkable occur- 
rences, and even avail himself of their benefits, 
and not have his faith shaken in the least. 



INGERSOLL AGAIN. 



Undeb the above head the editor of the Chica- 
go Evening Journal reads Mr. Ingersoll a lesson 
that the most unlearned can understand. We 
quote the following: 

Colonel Ingersoll's new lecture, which was 
delivered in this city for the first time yesterday 
afternoon, is only new in title, In thought, in 
language, in arrangement it is practically the 
same old lecture which first gave him the noto- 
riety that has enabled him to live at ease all these 
years without much intellectual or physical 
labor. 

Tet this is not quite exact. It should rather be 
said that the lecture is the ghost of " gods." It 
possesses the outlines, but not the substanoe. It 
has all of the fitness, but none of the flaming fire. 
It has the shape, but not the beauty. 

It is not hard to understand why; indeed it 
would be marvelous if it were otherwise. Nobody, 
not even an Ingersoll, can thresh over the same 
old straw for years and years without reaching at 
last a time when no more grain can be whipped 
out of it. Probably Ingersoll realizsB that his 
labor has become barren. His languid motion 
indicates that he does realize it. The size of his 
audience indioates that the public is beginning to 
realize it. 

After all, what has the man's long labor accom- 
plished? Has he made anybody happy? Has he 
made anybody better? Has he imp oved, by even 
the smallest measure, the condition of his fellows, 
of his love for whom he is forever boasting? He 
has undermined the hope of thousands He has 
taken away from some the crutch that supported 
them on their toilsome journey and that enabled 
them to bear up under their heavy burdens. 
What has he given them in the place of hope? 

Nothing Nothing at all but a sham philos- 
ophy based wholly upou words he took from the 
book he loves to ridicule: "Eat, drink and be 
merry, for to-morrow we may die." It is true 
that ha prates much and solemnly of what he calls 
" the religion of humanity." Humanity, indeed I 
Who that has suffered is ignorant of the sort of 
comfort that religion affords? When we were 
weary and heavy laden, what human being ever 
whispered: "Come nnto me and I will give you 
rest ? " When want hugged us in its skinny arms, 
what human being turned aside to release us? 
When the dew of death was gathering upon a well 
loved brow and we felt the loved hand freezing, 
never again to warm for us, and saw the loved 
eyes close forever, what human being soothed 
our anguish and stilled the pain that tore onr 
hearts asunder? 

It i« a pleasing phrase, this " religion of hu- 
manity, but it is a phrase, no more. And nobody 
knows it better than Ingersoll himself. When he l 



stands beside his brother's grave he looks not 
down, but upward, and " listening hope hears the 
rustling of an angel's wing." 

All the brilliant talk in the world cannot alter 
human nature. The weak mnst lean. As the 
storm rages, and the thunder rolls, and the light- 
ning leaps, and the ship trembles, we shuddering 
helpless passengers, locked in onr dark cabin 
must trust in the great captain. If there be no 
captain, as the Ingersolls tell us, our only comfort 
our only hope, is still to believe there is. 



RESEMBLING THE BRETHREN. 

It may be of interest to our readers to learn 
that in Russia there is a body of people resem- 
bling the Brethren. Just how much, we cannot 
tell at this writing. The following we glean from 
the Christian Evangelist: 

" The story of the persecution of the Stundists 
by the Russian Government is perhapa the most 
shameful chapter of BuBsian history, and one of 
the darkest in the annals of religious persecution. 
It is a modern persecution, not a tale of the six- 
teenth oentury. Only a month ago the Russian 
Minister of the Interior issued a ciroular forbid- 
ding the Stundists to meet, and declaring the 
sect dangerous to both Church and State. The 
Stundist movement in South Russia is purely re- 
ligions, and because its teachings are diametri- 
cally opposed to those of the State Church, and 
because the Church and State are so closely united 
in Russia, it is regarded as a political movement. 
We quote the following account of the sect and its 
rise and influence in Russia: 'The Stundists,' 
who take their name from the German ' Stund- 
en,' or hours of praise and prayer which they 
keep, are a Protestant aeot resembling somewhat 
both the German Methodists and Baptists of this 
country, the Mennonites, and the Dnnkards. The 
Stundist movement took its rise about thirty-five 
years ago in the province of Eherson, on the 
Black Sea. It had its origin with the German 
peasants whom the Empress Catherine enticed 
from their Saabian home to oolonize this district. 
The outrages on these Stundists, or Stundist 
Methodists, — for their belief seems more nearly to 
approach that of our Methodist Church,— have 
grown particularly numerous of recent years. In 
July, 1891, the Holy Synod of the Greek Church, 
alarmed at the steady increase of the sect, sum- 
moned a clerical congress at Moscow to contrive 
measures for its suppression. Legislation of the 
utmost severity was decided upon; they were for- 
bidden to hold prayer meetings even in their own 
homes, and all publio gatherings were to be dis- 
persed by the authorities. Many leaders in the 
■ect were banished to Siberia and their children 
turned over to the officials of the Greek church, 
to be brought up in the orthodox faith. Such se- 
vere measures were determined upon only because 
other edicts issued in the spring of that year had 
failed to pnt a stop to the Stundist proselytiz- 
ing." 



Notes from Our Correspondents. 



Bremen, Ind.— Bro. Levi Stoneburner, of War- 
saw, came to us Dec. 7 and preached nineteen 
soul-oheering sermons. Five precious souls were 
baptized and one reclaimed. — Jacob B. Parker, 
Jan, 4. 

Obiques Church, Pa.— Nov. 24 Bro. Amos Hotten- 
stein, of East Petersburg, oame to us and preached 
fifteen sermons at the Pairview house. Eleven 
expressed their desire to join with the children 
of God, and two that had wandered away from 
the fold, returned.— P. O. Geib. 



January 22, 1895. 



Warrensbnrgb, Bo.— Oar church met in council 
New Tear's Day for the purpose of electing and 
installing a minister and deacons. Oar young 
brother, Harvey H. Mohler, was chosen for min- 
ister, snd brethren Bamuel Campbell, Ephraim 
Katherman and Eobert Thompson, to fill the of- 
fice of deacon. — Alice A, Hoop, Jan. 4. 

Pleasant Prairie, Iowa.— Bro. 0. P. Eowland, of 
Cherry Grove, 111., came to us and began preach- 
ing Dec. 9, and gave us eighteen soul-oheering 
sermons. Saints were made to rejoioe and sin- 
ners made to feel their need of a Savior. Six 
precious souls were made willing to be bnried 
with Christ in baptism and we think there has 
been seed sown that will be ready for the har- 
vest soon. — A. Buck, Ireion, Iowa, Jan. 4. 

Harkleysbnrgh, Pa.— We just closed a series of 
meetings at the Independent schoolhouse, con 
ducted by Bro. Jasper Barnthouse, of Asher 
Glade. It was a refreshing season for that part 
of the oongregation. The brother preached some 
very good sermons, and they had their effect. 
Ihe attendance and interest were good. One 
dear soul confessed Christ. — M. J. WelUr, 
Dec. 31. 

Woodbury, Pa.— Bro. Geo. Bairigh, of Johnstowr, 
Pa., came to us Dec. 8 and began a series of meet- 
ings, preaching in all twenty-three soul cheering 
sermons, olosing Dec. 26. Bro. Bairigh did not 
shun to declare the whole counsel of God. Sin- 
ners were warned and the church built up. 
Three precious souls were added to the church by 
baptism. A collection was taken np for the bene- 
fit of the Western sufferers, amounting to §11 73 
—J. 0. Slayer, Dec. 6. 

flreene, Iowa — Onr churoh met in quarterly 
counoil Jan. 3. Considerable business came be- 
fore the meeting, but was all disposed of in the 
spirit of love Bro. O. J. Beaver commenced a 
series of meetings for ns Nov. 29 and closed Dec. 
17. Three came out on the Lord's side and were 
baptized. The members were much bnilt up and 
encouraged. Bro. W. Eikenberry called at the 
olose of our meetings and gave us three sermons, 
dome again, brethren.— L owe Aurond. 

Waddam's drove, 111.— Bro. P. E. Keltner came to 
n« Dec. 31 and preached until Jan. 9. The meet- 
ings were at the Chelsea meetinghouse. The at- 
tendance was good and meetings were interesting. 
Onr brother tried to show from the Gospel some 
of our weaknesses and how to overcome them. 
While there were no accessions to the ohnrch 
we are made to believe that there were good and 
lasting impressions made that will not soon be 
forgotten.— W. K. Moore, Nora, HI. 

Peabody, Kans,— This chnroh met in quarterly 
council Jan. 6, and as the church expected to 
hold a choice for a minister, there were twoelders 
called to our assistance, brethren Daniel Vani- 
man, of McPherson, and J. B. Shirk of Eamona. 
The choioe for minister was Bro. John Thomas. 
He and his wife were dnly installed. Bro. Alfred 
Ogle was also advanced to the second degree of 
the ministry. Thus ended a pleasant and yet sol- 
emn council, long to be remembered — Katie 
Pos/, Jan. 7. 



THE GOSFEL MESSE3 



fllcklow, W. Va. -Oar dear brother, Tobias Fik. , 
of Brookside, oame to our place Dec. 21 and re- 
mained until the 31st, pr, aching in all fourteen 
grand sermons. There were no additions to the 
church, but wo hope the Word so faithfully 
preached will be like- bread oast upon the waters, 
that it may be seen many days hence.— S. M. An- 

Bosben, Ind. — I commenced a meeting in Port- 
age church, Wood County, Ohio, and held meet- 
ings at two points fifteen miles apart. I stayed 
with the brethren there nearly fire weeks. The 
membership is weak and much scattered and suffer 
muoh opposition. It is hard work for the Brethren 
to hold their own. While they struggle hard to 
work for Jesus the enemy does all he oan to drive 
the members away from the fold. One sister was 
reclaimed, and the chnreh seemed to be bnilt np. 
Bro. J. 0. Witmer, their elder, ia in poor health. 
— J. S. Millar, Jan. 8. 

OrerUll, W. Va.-Deo. 8 we began a meeting in 
in the Brethren's churchhonse in Marion County 
and continued till the evening of the 23 rd. We 
had fiae weather for holding meatingD nearly all 
the timi, with large congregations to preach to. 
Some nights they ooald not all be seated. Wa 
had good order and attention given to the Word 
preached. We never preached at a place before 
where all talked as muoh about what was 
preached as at this meeting. Two were baptized, 
one an old man eighty-two years old, and one was 
reclaimed.— David J. Miller, Jan. 1. 

Eglon, W. Va.— Brethren John S. Eike and John 
A. Arnold were to start for Sngarlaud, Deo, 20, 
accompanied by Obed Hamstead and the writer, 
to hold a series of meetings. Offing to ill health 
of Bro. John S. Pike's wife he could not go. 
Bro. Arnold preached five sermons. On Scnde.y 
morning two oame oat on the Lord's side. At 
three o'clock P. M. we repaired to the wati 
side to administer the rite of baptism. Others 
said they would come soon. Bro. Arnold is 
zealous worker. We returned hom9 the day be- 
fore Ohriatmas, as we have services every Christ 
mas.— A. S Fike, Dec. 30. 



, Bi >ngo Ohnrcb, Ind.— We have just closed a very 
interesting series of meetings, conducted by Bro. 
' S'uekman, of Nappanee, Ind., who came to 
"> Dec. 7 and continued until the 27th, when 
"e closed with marked interest. Quite an awak- 
ing has been made. Six dear souls made 
to good confession and were baptized; one was 
^ aimed ani3 man y more were near the' king- 
on", some promising to oome in the near future. 
™ e expect Bro. D. Wysong to begin a series of 
:• at our north house ere long.—S. M. 
aim, Dec. 31, 



annual Beeting Hoiico.— Committee of Arrange- 
ments has decided to have presohing begin in 
Tabernacle one week before meeting of Standing 
Committee] and will have it continue as long aft- 
er Conference as may be thought profitable. It 
has also been decided to allow no patent rights 
exhibited or circulars distributed on Annua! 
Meeting gronnde, or merchandizing of any kind 
that will not be necessary for the successful car- 
rying on of the meeting. Some letters to the Se- 
cretary may be answered in due time through tb 
Messenqeb, others by private letter and some 
others, well, when we meet. — Wm. Landis, Sec, 
Jan. 9. 

Wolf Blade, Va.— On last Snnday, Dec. 23, I 
started on a visit to the isolated members in 
Grayson, abont eighteen miles west on the Iron 
Monntain. I arrived et Bro. Edwards's about 
three o'olock the same afternoon. On Sunday 
night I preached at the sohoolhonse near Bro. 
Edwards's to a small but attentive audienee. I 
held two meetings Christmas Day at the same 
place. The audience was not so large as it would 
have been, on aoconnt of a meeting near that 
place, but I never saw better interest manifested. 
On Christmas Day I think I can safely say the 
Lord was with us and many of us were made to 
feel that we were on our way to the heavenly 
land. Wednesday morning, Deo. 26, I had to 
start for home on account of the inolemenoy of 



Walnnt Obnrcb, Ind.— This ehnrch met in quater- 
ly council Deo. 14, All business which came be- 
fore the meeting was disposed of in a Christian 
manner. There was $14.10 collected by the so- 
iicifora for mission work during the quarter. One 
was received by baptism since onr last report. 
Sunday, Jan. 6, Bro. E, Bombay Edwards was 
with us and delivered one of his grand lectures 
about the people of India and their habits, also 
concerning the gods which they worship. We 
had a crowded house. There was a collection 
taken at the close of the meeting amounting to 
S7.34.-D W. Waif, Arqoi, Ind, Jan. 7. 

Hew Dope, Tenn.— We hava had no preaching for 
more than a year, and no series of meetings for 
mere than three years. Wo have no minister 
nearer than a hundred miles, and need one to lo- 
cate with us very much. We have our social 
meeting as often as we can, but circumstances are 
such that we can not have them regnlor. We 
would do more good i£ we could. They are a 
power for good, and as it is, we have made some 
impressions. Brethren, you that hear ihe Word 
regnlarly each Lord's Day, remember a small 
band of Brethren in West Tennessee, struggling 
with the world and trying to follow Christ, with 
thousands all around that have never heard the 
Word in its primitive pnrhy. 0, will not some 
one oome to our help and to their rescue? We 
snt Brethren to locate with us, and especially 
minister. The writer will gladly answer all 
questions pertaining to the conntiy. Address 
him, enclosing a stamp.— A. W. Oren, Lankford, 
Carroll Co., Tenn , Jan. 7. 

Yellow Eiver Ohureh, Ind.— Thinking it wonld bo 
general information to have yearly reports 

om each congregation, we give the following re- 
port of the work of (ho ehnrch at this place for 
the past year. First, we hava had a very suc- 
cessful Snnday school, superintended by Bro. S. 
B. Yoder. In regard to mission work, the chnroh 
seems to be awakening to the thought, "Who is 
my neighbor?" and, "What does Christ demand 
of me towards my neighbor," the heathen? Be- 
tween forty and fifty dollars have been raised for 
the different missions, besides the amount required 
to meet expenses of the home church. Meetings 
are held at four different points each month. We 
have organized a Bible clais which meats each 
Wednesday evening at the ohnrch. Quite an in- 
terest is manifested in the study of God's Word. 
Thirteen have been added to the ohnrch by bap- 
tism, two reolaimed and one expelled. May God 
assist the ohnrch to labor more earnestly for the 
salvation of souls! — J. E. Joseph, Bourbon, Ind., 
Jan. 7. 

York, Pa.— Bro. Henry Early oame to the York 
City ohnrch Dec. 15 and labored earnestly and 
with much zeal until Dec. 30. Twelve came out 
on the Lord's side and were baptized Onr meet- 
ings closed with a children's meeting in the 
morning and a lovo feast in the evening. There 
were present at the children's meeting one hun- 
dred and fifty children. We have a flourish- 
ing Sunday school with one hundred and eighty- 
two enrolled. The children's meeting was ad- 
dressed by brethren J. A. Long, D. F. Stonffer, 
Orvilla Long and H. 0. Early, The love feast 
was the first held in the York City church. 
There was not standing room and the windows on 
the outside were crowded during the entire ser- 
vice. This closed a glorious meeting, — ona that 
will long be remembered. We feel to thank the 
good Lord for what we have seen and felt. For- 
ty-four have been baptized in the York City 
ohnrch since Oct. 27, 1894. The members of this 



the weather, as I was afoot, and I thought it best j church hava been built up and made strong in 
to come while I could best travel. — T. M. Smiih, j the faith, and will always look back to these 
j) ec , 27. I meetings with joy.— A. M, Brodbeck, Jan. 3. 



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THR UOSi-'EL MRSSENGi 



January 22, 



Bidland, Va. —We have had three series of meet- 
ings in the ohnroh since Oct. 15, and as a resnlt 
fifteen were added to the chnreh. The ohnroh 
is now divided into three different congregations. 
The territory was abont sixty miles long. We 
think we can do more good with the congrega- 
tions divided.— B. B. Smitzer, Dec. 31. 

fiambler, Okie — Bro. Qaincy Leckrone csme to 
ns and preached three very able discourses in his 
plain and pleasant manner. The members were 
mnch encouraged and sinners made to see that 
they were standing on unsafe ground. Some 
went away saying, " Truly that man was sent by 
God to deal out the Bread of Life."— Laura A. 
Dial, Jan. 10. 

Lick Creek, Ind. — We held an election Sept. 30, 
1894, for one deacon and one speaker. The 
choice for the former felt upon Bro. William 
Holenburg, and for speaker upon Bro. D. D. 
Caller. Bro. David at the time was in school at 
Greencastle. He came home during Holidays 
Bnd was installed into office at onr regular 
oonncil, Dee. 29. We had very little other busi- 
ness to attend to. — B. F. Goshorn, Jan. 5. 

Eichland, Ohio . — Our series of meetings closed 
Tuesday evening, Dec. 25. Bro. Edward Loomis, 
of New Philadelphia, Ohio, came to us Dec. 10 
and preached twenty-three very interesting ser- 
mons. Ai an immediate result, three came out 
on the Lord's side and were buried with Christ in 
baptism. The attendance was good and the at- 
tention commendable. — Anna Brindle, Mansfield, 
Ohio, Jan. 8. 

Verdigris, Sans, — Bro. J. H. Neher and wife came 
to us Deo. 22, and preached seventeen sermons. 
On aooonnt of Btormy weather the congregations 
were not large part of the time and it seemed to 
be more of seedtime than harvest. Many good 
and lasting impressions were made. Sister Neher 
is alive in the work of the Master and a great 
help to Bro. Neher in the work. May the Lord 
bless them in their holy calling! — J. N. Quaken- 
bush, Olpe, Kans. 

Snake Spring, Pa.— The brethren here began a se- 
ries of meetings Dec. 24. Bro. John B. Pluck 
conducted the meetings over Christmas. Bro 
Calvin Sherlan, from Fulton County, then took 
up the meeting and continued it for one week, 
preaching ten able and praotical sermons. Two 
precious goals were received into the church by 
baptism. Others were almost persuaded. The 
Brethren have a Bible school every Sunday even- 
ing with good interest — Daniel M VanHom. 

Clarion, lich.— Bro. John M. Smith, of Wood- 
land, Mich., came to ns Dec. 22. and oommenced 
meetings the same evening and continued until 
the evening of Jan. 6. He preached twenty ser- 
mons. Bro. John is a good expounder of the 
Word. The people loved to hear him, conse- 
quently we had good congregations. The meet- 
ings closed too soon. Three were buried with 
Christ in baptism, after eight inches of ice had 
been out on the shore of Bear Lake.— Isaac Huf. 
ford, Jan. 8. 

Sngar Creek, Ohio.— Eld. Edward Loomis, of New 
Philadelphia, Ohio, came to us Dae. 29 and re- 
mained until Jan. 9, preaching in all fifteen ser- 
mons. By his earnest and efficient labors among 
us sinners were warned and saints much encour- 
aged. Seven precious souls were added to the 
fold, all of whom were young in years. It is en- 
couraging to see these dear young souls start up. 
on their heavenly journey in early life. Others 
are deeply impressed. Bro. Loomis has a warm 
place in the hearts of the people here and his la- 
bors were muoh appreciated by all.— Edward 
Shepjer, Bageriville, Ohio, Jan. 11. 



Sotice. — The Bible Term of the Northwestern 
District of Ohio will be hold in the Eagle Creek 
chnroh, beginning Jan. 31 Those ooming from 
the north will be met at Williamstown at 8:10 
A. M. and 7:25 P. M ; from the south at 7:10 
A. M.; from the west at 4 P. M ; from the east at 
4 P. M. Those coming at any other time can be 
met by notifying the undersigned. In order that 
a greater number may be accommodated with 
lodging near tho church, bring a blanket or com- 
fort, or both— J. R. Spachi, New Stark, Ohio, 
Jan 10. 

Shellstrarg, Iowa.— Bro. J. O. Seibert canie to onr 
place Dso. 1 and remained till the 10th. He 
preaohed, in all, nine sermons. Wo live south- 
west of Shellsburg five and one half miles. We 
had good meetings and we think there were some 
good impressions made arid we hope that Bro. 
Seibert will oorae to ns in the near future. 
From our place he went north of Shellsburgh and 

pected to preach seven sermons. What the re- 
sults were we have not heard. Hope they were 
;ood. Bro. Wra. F. Long assisted Bro. Seibert 
in our meetings, which was greatly appreciated. 

C. E. BoiusUel. 

Parsons, Eans. — We are a small band of members 
here, about thirty-five in number. Bro. Hodgden 
preaches for us first and third Sundays of eaoh 
month. It is a perfeot feast to the soul to hear 
our brethren preach again, as it hss been seme 
three or four years since we have had this privi- 

;e. I feel more and more encoursged each day 
to press onward, trying to win the prize S6t be- 
fore ns. Bro. Ohas. Yearont came and labored 
for us a few weeks in October. Daring that 
meeting we placed our membership in here, where 
we shall try, by the help of God, to help build 
up a good ohurch. We have Bible meetings once 
a week at different houses, where all seem to b3 
very much interested. We select a chapter, all 
read a verse about, explanations are made and 
then the leader calls on each one to offer a prayer 
or exhortation. This givea each one a work to 
do. I thick it each church would engage in this, 
they would be greatly benefited — Delia Davis, 
Jan. 10. 



CORRESPONDENCE. 

e what thou seest. and send it unto :U- , ! :chcs." 



^"Church News solicited for this Department. It you I 
good meeting, send a report of it, so that others may rejoice 
In writing give name of church, County and State. Be brief. 
Travel should be as short as possible. Land Advertisements a 
licited for this Department. We have an jdvert:*:r,;: p.ige. anc 
sary, will issue supplements. 

Hotics, 

The Bible Term for the Northwestern District 
of Ohio will be held in the Eagle Creek church, 
Hancock Co., from Jan. 31 to Feb. 9. Those 
coming on the T. & O. O. E. B. will be met Jan. 
30 at Williamstown. Those coming on the P. F. 
W. & C. B E will be met at Dunkirk on the 
same date. Any one not abi9 to come on that 
date will let us know. D. D. Thomas. 

Williamstown, Ohio. 

Western Sufferers' Fund. 

The following contributions for the Western 
sufferers were received during the month of 
December: 

Silver Creek chnreh, 111., S14.25; Charles J. 
Heckler, Philadelphia, Pa., SI; Henry Wampler, 
Blanco, Pa., 40 oents; South Keokuk, Iowa, $8.45; 
Elkhart Valley church, Ind., $8.40; Nettle Creek 
ohurch, Ind., S16.76; Salem church, Kans,, $16; 
Washington Creek ohurch, Kans., $19; David 
Kinsey, Boyd, Ohio, S5; O. P. Hathaway, Coving- 



ton, Ohio, SI; Sarah Tice, Covington, Ohio $1- 
Center ohurch, Kans., S4.18; Elkhart chnreh' 
Ind., S27.41; Silver Creek church, Ohio, S14.72-' 
Yellow Creek ohurch, 111., $12.69; Greene chnreh 
Iowa, $8.70; St. Joseph ohurch, Ind,, S3.40; An! 
lia, Iowa, S12.10; Waddam's Grove church, 111, 
S30.50; Lick Creek chnreh, Ohio, $12.32; Pyrmont 
chnroh, Ind , S9.25; Logan chnreh, Ohio, $14.60- 
a brother in Logan chnroh, Ohio, $26; Abilene 
hnrch, Kans., $4.75; Walnnt Valley ohnroh 
Kana., $3.22; 0. W. Martin, Martin, W. Va, $l'. 
Elisabeth Martin, Martin, W. Va,, $1; South 
Morrill church, Kans., S21.76; sister N. B. Murry 
McPheraon, Kans., $1; Panther Creek church 
111., Ml .21; Arcadia ohnroh, Ind,, $3; Shannon 
ohnroh, 111., $18.86; Woodberry church, Iowa, 
S5.50; Ludlow chnreh, Ohio, $14.50; Dounel's! 
Creek church, Ohio, S35.50; Maple Grove ohnroh 
Ohio, S8.10; Ashland chnreh, Ohio, §12.90; a 
brother, Middletown, Ind., $1; Thornapple chnreh 
Mich., $15.50; Oeiro G3rdo ohurch, 111., SI7.75J 
Washington Oity church, D. 0., $3.79; Elkhart 
district, Ind , $4.83; Vermillion ohurch, Kans, 
$2.70; Blue Eidge church, 111,, $16.20; Pleasant 
Valley ohnroh, Ind,, S16.30; a sister, MeLouth,, 
Kans., $10; Indian Creek church, Iowa, $7; Coon 
Eiver chnroh, Iowa, $23.32; a brother and sister, 
Myersdale, Pa,, S2; Dry Fork church, Mo., S4.05; 
Lizzie F. Fyook, Purchase Line, Pa., $4.55; Co- 
qaille Valley church, Oregon, $18; Black Eiver 
church, Ohio, $5.20; Midland chnreh, Va., $3.16;. 
a sister, Aitenwald, Pa., $5; Mrs. Jos. Lahman,. 
$2; Keuka chnroh, Fla., $16.50; Milledgeville 
church, 111, $12.40; Cherry Grove church, 111,, 
$39.30; Blue Eidge church, Ind., S4.25; Botetourt 
church, Va., $39.32; Upper Codorus church, Pa,, 
$25.20; Broad Run church, Md., S6; sister Shep- 
n9r, Middlebury, Ind., 50 cents; Mingo church r 
Pa,, $10; Melrose chnreh, Iowa, S13.30; Brethren 
and friends of South English church, Iowa,. 
$23.40; Libertyville church, Iowa, $13.37; Wood- 
land chnreh, Mich., S6; Jacob Brower, South 
English, Iowa, $25; Dorcas Sisters' Society, Gi- 
rard, 111., S15; Greentown chnreh, Ind, $5.65; 
Elijah Horn, Rjseville, Ohio, $2; Mary Eeif, 
Center Sqasre, Pa., S2; a sister, Montpelier, Ind., 
S5; Sugar Creek ohnroh, Ohio, S23.47; St. Vrain 
church, Colo, S14; Fishersbnrgh church, Ind., 
$6.36; Slate Creek ohurch, Kans,, $3.30; Beaver 
Creek ohurch, Va , $ 13.43; Bachelor's Eon church 
Ind., $10.80; J. O. Peterson and wife, Johnstown, 
Kans, $1.50; Young People's Meeting, Oerro 
Gordo, 111., $9; Midland chnreh, Va, $14.02; 
Biekton Sunday school, Pa, $2.06; Jos, Prioe, 
Mt. Morris, 111., $2; J. J. Beeghly, Ashland, Ohio, 
$10; Middle Branch chnreh, Ohio, $3.25; Mt. 
Vernon chnreh, Vs., $6.20; Keelin Leonard, Iowa, 
$1: Manvel ohnrcb, Tex., $1.08; Brethren and 
friends of Upper Conewago church, Pa , S42.07; 
AppanooBe chnreh, Kans., S12.25; Eobert Melz- 
gar and wife, Denver, Ind,, $10; Anna Harris; 
Mexico, Ind., $1; three sisters, Pasadena, Oal., S7; 
Sasan Anderson, Mnscatine, Iowa, $1; Wm. Slats- 
man and wife, S3; Alex. Stutsman and wife, Iowa,, 
$1; Antietam ohurch, Pa,, S10; Cook's Creek 
church, Va., $22; David Clem, Walkerton, Ind,, 
SI; Fairview church, Pa., $11.90; Katie Bradshaw,, 
Germantown, Pa , S5; G. N. Falkenstein and wife, 
Germantown, Pa., $1; Francis and Emma Price, 
Germantown, Pa., $1; Harry Shugard, German- 
town, Pa,, 60 cents; Samuel Ambers, Germantown, 
Pa , 50 cents ; Katie Markley, Germantown, P&'i 
SI: Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Lntz, Germantown, Pa., 
SI; Montioello church. Ind., $6.25; Michael 
Gomer, Baltic, Ohio, SI; New Haven chnroh, 
Mich., $7.30; Brethren and friends of the Feaob 
Blossom chnreh, Md , S2.50; John M. Kline, Mid- 
land, Va, contributions by our church, ^M] 
Susan Oookran, Annelly, Kans., 50 cents; Elisa- 
beth Gibble, Litilz, Pa,, 81; Salinda Burger, M"'' 



January 22, 1896. 



THB GOSPEL MESSENGER 



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ettjville, Iowa, $t; Ella Williams, Funkstown, 
Md., §5; Howard ohuroh, Ind., $6.75; Brethren 
church, MonndOity, Mo., 817.61; J. E. Qish and 
wife, Stuttgart, Ark., S10; May Oiler, Wspnes- 
borough, Pa., $3; two oar loads of provision, cloth- 
ing, etc.,— one from Brethren and friends of 
Pearl City and vicinity, 111, the other from 
Brethren and friends of Oamp Siding and vicini- 
ty, Cumberland Oo , Pa. The oar load of wheat 
reported in October shonld have been credited to 
Chapman Creek chuicb, Kans, instead of Chat- 
ham Creek, and tho amount of wheat 569 bushek, 
instead of 500 bushels. 

A. M. Dickey, 8ec. and Treas. 
McPherson, Kans., Dec 31. 

Petition from the Ifeedy. 

The members of the Muddy Valley church, of 
Coster and Valley Crantiej, Nebr., petition Die. 
trict Mission Board of Nebraska to form some 
plan that they may be enabled to sow and plant 
their fields the coming season. These Brethren 
sum np their needs in said Counties in the differ- 
ent cereals as follows: Wheat, SiObnshele; oats, 
235 bushels; corn, 605 bushels. The District 
Mission Board honors this petition by calling for 
snch help through the medium of the Gospel 
Hesbenoer, for the following reasons: For the 
grain donated these brethren are willing to obli- 
gate themselves to the General Missionary and 
Tract Committee, providing they raise a crop, to 
pay to the General Missionary Committee in 
money, what the grain donated is worth in market 
at the time it is received, said amount to be used 
for missionary purposes, as the General Commit- 
tee may see fit. Here is an oppjrtunity for snch 
as have a desire to contribute, to bestow a double 
favor. While your means go to fe6d the hungry 
and plant their fields, it will also, after crop is 
raised, be instrumental in saving souls from eter- 
nal ruin. Grain thus donated is to be sent to 
Bro. D. M. Boas, Arcadia, Valley Co., Nebr. 

J. 0. HOB3H, 

Chairman District Mission Board, 
M. L. Spike, 

Treasurer District Mission Beard, 
J. L. Snavely, 

Secretary District Mission Board. 

Eible Normal 

Impressed with the same questions found over 
H. M. Barwick's name in number 2, current vol- 
ume, the Beatrice church secured Bro. S. Z. 
Sharp as manager and Bro. A. C. Weiand, assist- 
ant, to conduct a normal opening Dec. 24 to con- 
tinue two weeks. It was preceded by a love 
feast, It was advertised early and fully planned 
and a good attendance was expeoted. The at- 
tendance was 6ven better than anticipated, bnt 
of a different character. We expected a local 
patronage from other churches in ihe city, but 
in this we were disappointed, but our disappoint- 
ment was more than made good in the large 
attendance by our brethren and sisters from s 
distanoe. Seventy-seven were enrolled up to the 
close of the first week, and the last week the 
whole number increased to about two hundred. 
One of the city ministers present said that not 
another church in the city oould collect as many 
People for the study of the Bible, The attention 
and interest were good. The zeal and self-sacri- 
homg earnestness of our instructors were felt 
by all, Bro. D. L. Miller was engaged for the 
,. weok to give a series of Bible Land exposi- 
tions, which were very highly appreciated. Im- 
preosive was the effeot as the scene of the Jordan 
nashed upon the canvas. The crowded audience 

n * in ailence, held in pensive thought. Then 



stand," broke the stillness. Thongt 
dan water baptism brought a bapMsm of the Spi'r 
it. Ihe audience wept. Jeeus seemed v rj 
near. Besides the Bible knowltd-e gained mans 
ties were strengthened and new on*, formed. 
We were greatly blessed and may God pat it 
into tho hearts of his people to have many snch 

„V„ »r i °- 8 Vandyke 

DeWitt, Nebr. 

From the Sod-houses and the Dug-outs 

As many o! my brethren have r, quested me 
to let them hear from us, I will say tbat as the 
old year has had its period of lice and now is 
numbered with the things of the past, looking 
back over the last year no donbt many of us 
will say with me, "What have our labors 
been? On the last Lord's Day I was at my 
post at the Silver Lake church and preached 
to my dear brethren and sisters upon the sub- 
ject of casting our burdens on the Lord, with 
epeoial reference to the heavy burdens of oar 
dear brethren and sisters in the western part 
of the State in their needy condition. In our 
little church named above we will try to take 
care of oar needy as best we can. In tho even- 
ing of the last day of the year our dear brother, 
Henry Brubaker, of McPherson, Kins, preached 
for us. Would that we had a Ecore of enoh valisit 
soldiers as Bro. J. E. Gish and Bro H. Brnbaher 
who are as determined in their endeavors fr> uprtad 
ihe Gospel in its primitive parity, as wa« evr- r any 
soldier in his endeavors to take a citadel 

J. J. KiNBia 
Jumaia, Nebr. 



Communicated. 



Jan 3 I left Hageratown, Md., for Mt. Jackson 
Va., landing at the place in the evening I was 
conveyed to tho home of Bro. B. W. Ntff, from 
which place Bro. Ntff took rae to tho Cedar 
Grove charch to meet a waiting congregation, 
meeting with the people of Oedar Grove wus 
associated with some sadness, caused by death 
and bereavement. Friend David Good, son of 
Bro. Michael Good, who ig a minister residing at 
Cedar Grovo, passed away, leaving behind a fa- 
ther, mother, one brother and a heart-broken wife 
with three little children to care for. His death 
was sudden and unexpected. 

Next morning Bro. Niff started with me on a 
journey across the mountains, a distance of twer- 
ty-five miles, the thermometer standing at three 
below zero. After driving fifteen snileB we met 
Dr. Gcchenour, who tcok me into his sleigh and 
took me ten miles farther, crossing a mountain. 
Upon the top stands a tree known as the lonely 
tree It stands alone jest twenty-five hundred 
feet above the level of the sea. After taking this 
long, cold ride I landed at the home of Bro. 
Geehecour, who is the leading physician in this 
valley, and a good, wide-awake man in the church. 
In the evening we met the people in the Lost 
Eiver meetinghouse, in the first of a series of 
meetings. 

This church derived its name from the river 
which flows near by tho building. It is called 
Lost River, because after passiog down the valley 
a number of miles it comes in contact with a 
huge mountain, and loses itself as it sinks deep 
into the bosom of the earth ; and afterward gushes 
out upon the other side in Capon Valley, and 
again pursues its oourse down the valley until it 
reaches the Potomac. 

I find plenty of work to do here. There are 
seme brethren here who are alive to the work, 
but others whose heada and hands are hanging 



low refrain, " On Jordan's atormy banks I down, and a great many who have souls to rescue 



and save. A more appreciative people to the 
declaration of the Truth I have never found. It 
has only convinced me the more that we as a 
church are entirely too indifferent in home mis- 
sion work. I have been inquiring about the Gos- 
pel Messenger since here, and find only a few 
who receive iD, Bnd one of my efforts while here 
will be to increase its circulation I do so for a 
number of reasons. 

The weather is exceedingly bad and may be the 
means of our meetings being closed shortly. I 
shall, however, give a further aocount of our 
meetings, if continued. D. P. Stotjefeb. 

Maihias, Hardy Co., W. Va., Jan. 1. 

From Maysvllle, Bo. 

I was looking over one of my County papers 
and I discovered Ihe following obituary: "Cath- 
arine Sieinmefz was born Nov. 24, 1824. She 
was married in ihe State of Maryland to William 
Eggleiton, April 10, 1846. She was the mother 
of seven children, all cf whom, together with the 
bereaved husband, are left to mourn their loss. 
She united with the Danker ohuroh in 1880, and 
thus for fourteen years she led a Christian life. 
She died Deo 20, 1894, sged 70 years and 
26 days. A large number of relatives and friends 
were present at the funeral, the interment being 
at Fairpoit, De Kalb Co., Mo. Funeral by a 
Narthern Methodist preacher, Edgar O. Wells." 

Now I have lived here nine years and never 
h*atd of this dear old sister, but I have found 
four more that live in this same County, Bonth of 
here. We have no organization and we are not 
acqoaiiited with each other, and it is an accident if 
we ever meet each other. Now what ia the use to 
plant trees and never cultivate them? And what 
do a few young, scattered members know about 
the oomrnandmentg of Christ or the church, un- 
lets they have some one to drill them? Is the 
important part just to get them into the Dunker 
church? Is that all? If it is, it will take a long 
time to convert the people in this County. From 
my c xperience there is no use to start anything 
unless it is cultivated. I think all people are 
likely to grow cold if they are not drilled till 
they know their duty. I tell you, I am strong in 
the faith or I would have left the ohuroh long 
ago. 

Now I will explain myself. I have been trying 
for two years to get a brother to come here and 
hold a meeting, so I could find out what good all 
of those tracts and papers had done for our 
church here. But all of the preachers to whom I 
had to know first if it would be profitable. 
Of course you all know that no man is qualified 
to answer such a question. Profitable! What do 
you mean? Such questions as these are asked: 
"How are money matters?" "What kind of 
land is there?" "Is it cold, or hot?" "What 
kind of society have you there?" "Does your 
land and climate allow everything to grow there?" 
I have letters from brethren from seven States 
asking such questions as these. 

But finally I thought of a faithful old servant 
of God who lives at Canton, 111,, by the name of 
Solomon Bucklew. I knew him twenty-one years 
ago in Pendleton County, W. Va. His reply was, 
"I will be there about the last week in January, 
1895. I have a few appointments to fill, and if 
God will permit, I will be there." This must 
certainly be one of the Lord's faithful servants. 
Now, if the Committee of the Traot Work see fit 
to send me some tracts, and if others will send old 
Messengers, Bnd if it is the Lord's will for Bro. 
Bucklew to get here and hold a series of meet- 
ings, I will distribute the reading matter to every- 
body that will read it. Boss H alterman. 
Maysville, Mo., Jan. 9. 



annary 22. 1896. 



Giving. 

MDOB has been said and written oc the subject 
of giving t > the Western unSerers, and yet we 
are asked, Why is there no appeal in onr chnroh 
paper, by come one of oar aiem'osra, if there are 
any living in the strick-n localities of the WeBt? 
We hava heard some distrains letters read, and 
onr hearts have gone ont in fympatby for those 
in want of food, olotbisg, etc. 

We are asked the question, Why are some of 
onr members so slow in lending a helping hand, 
when we hwe been blessed with so much of this 
world's goods? So far we ka"w of three aar loads 
shipped ont of Oamberland Valley. Lower Cum- 
berland and Upper Cumberland have complied 
and gone to work,— all denominaiions assisting 
in giving. Flour, potatoes, vegetables, o'othisg 
and other things were donated. The Lutherans 
also sent a oar. 

We ask again, Why are there no reports in on- 
paper when tho want is so great! We do 
hope that many more churches will respond 
to their call for help. Is it not more blessed to 
give than to receive? We remember, « The poor 
ye have with yon always, and whensoever ye wi!I 
ye may do them good." How hard it must bo when 
we do not have enough to satiety imager? Think 
of how many hearts yon could make glad by giv- 
ing the necessaries of life. 

" Give, give, cheerfully give; 

Though small may be thy store. 
Oh! not In va'.n was the widow's mite, 

Then give and trust for more, 
Give to the weary, the sick and fslnt, 

Ohl vanish the tears they shed; 
But do It in meekness and love to him 
Who gives thy dally bread." 

D. H. MlLLES. 

Oakville, Pa., Die. 25. 

[We have already published a number of letterB 
calling attention to the destitution and suffering 
in th9 West, and are glad to learn that so 
many are coming forward with the vary much 
needed assistance. All demotions should be sent 
to Bro. A. M. Dickey, McPneraon, Ksns.— Ed ] 

From California 

By order of the Mission Board her9 I com- 
menced a series of meetings Dec. 14, at Mon- 
rovia, a town of about 1,500 inhabitants, east of 
Los Angeles twenty miles, and continued the 
services over two weeks, preaching a number of 
doctrinal discourses. There is but one member 
here, — sister Brubaker,— and very few persons 
who have any knowledge of our people; hence the 
doctrine was wholly new to them, but was fairly 
well received. The attendance was small at first, 
but kept inoreating, and the interest was gocd. 
One united with the church, and arrangements are 
mads for regular service?, and we think the pros- 
pects for a church there are encouraging. Minis- 
ters in the Easi; who are looking towards Califor. 
nia for a home would do well to Btop eff and exam- 
ine Monrovia. 

The addition of but one, in a scries of meet- 
ings may seem small, compared with the many 
additions Eist, but one means a great deal 
here, — as many as a dczsn, in the strong, old 
churches. The hard work is on "the frontier, and 
every one converted there may become a pillar 
in the organization of another plant. After 
the plant is fully organized, the work of the 
churoh becomes proportionately lighter. One 
cake of ice broken loose from a gorge may start 
all the rest; but the hard work is to get that one 
cake Icoie. The Israelites and Philistines were 
dangerously matched, but one man, — Jonathan, — 
turned the tide. So of communities, towns, and 
cities. J. S. Mohlee. 



Eohoes from the Highway. 

Dig 23 the Brethren had their first servioes in 
their new churchhouse at Qlendora. Bro. E. 
Eby did most of the preaching. There was a 
large number of members and others present. 
The brethren at that point have now an excel- 
lent house of worship. 

Bro. Eby came to Lordsbarg Thursday last and 
gave ns some excellent sermons, continuing the 
meetings over Sunday. Monday night, a short 
time before the old year closed, he bade ns fare- 
well uxd started toward home. May God's bless- 
ings follow him wherever he goes. 

We start ont on another year. May it be full 
of good things for God's chosen people. May 
the churoh make many gocd End noble steps on- 
ward to a more earnest work, and may the bor- 
ders of Zion be enlarged I May heathen lands 
hear of the lovo of Goi more folly beoans9 of onr 
(fforts in that direction! May each member of 
tho body of Christ start out to do more for 
Christ than in years gone by. We are in a time 
when it is God's opportunity to do great things 
for the world through us if we will put forth our 
beat energies. J. S. Floby. 

Jan. 1. 



Matrimonial. 



SMITH— GARDNER —At the home of the undersigned, 
In Eowmansdale, Pa., Jan. I, 1S95. Mr. David Smith and 
Miss Viola Gardner, of Carroll Township, York Co , Pa. 

Daniel Laneis. 

SHIDLER— KELTNER— At the home of the bride's 
irents, in the Yellow Creek congregation, Stephenson Co., 
111., by the undersl s n;d, Bro. John Shldler and sister Cora 
Keltner, both of Pearl City, 111. P. R Keltnir. 

WIMER— HINER.— In the Midland church, Va , Jan. 1, 
1895, by Bro. Michael Kline, ef Rockingham, Va., Bro Ira 
WImer and sister Llllle Hlncr. B. B. SwiTzaR. 

WEHRLEY— VasCAMP.— By the undersigned, at his 
residence. Dec. 29. 1894, Mr. Jacob F. Wehrley and Ada 
May VsnCamp, all of Koschisko County, Ind. 

Samuel E. Burhet. 

PORTER— HOFF.— At the Brethren's meetinghouse, in 
Burr Oak, Kans., Dec. 23. 1894, by Bro. A. C. Daggett, Bro. 
Landon Porter and sister Mina Hofi, both of Jewell County, 
Kans. E. M. Daggett. 

STUDEBAKER— HOLLINGER.— At the bride's home, 
at Olathe, Kans., Dec. 25, 1894, by the undersigned, Bro. 
Benj. F. Studebaker, of Douglas County, Ksns , and sister 
Laura E. Hollinger, of Johnson County, Kans. 

P. H. Hirtzog. 

WALKER— McNUTT.— At Shannon, 111 , Dec. 27, 1894, 
Bro. David F. Walker, of Panther, Iowa, and sister Alice 
McNutt, of Shannon, 111. D. Rowland. 

SHAFFER- CRISE.— By the undersigned, at his resi- 
dence, Dec. 25, 1894, Bro. Joseph Shaffer and Bertha Crlse, 
both of Westmoreland County, Pa. J. K. Eicher. 

SHOWALTER—W ATKINS, — At the home of the 
bride's mother, Dec. 25. 1894, by Bro. David Swlhart, M: 
J. W. Showalter, of Butler, De Kalb Co., Ind , and Miss 
Laura A. Watkins, of Laketon, Wabash Co., Ind. 

Joseph Job 

BROWNBACK— BARTHOLOMEW.-At the home of 

the groom's parents, 2119 Mervlne Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 
Dec. 25, 1894, by the undersigned, Bro. Clinton S. Brown 
back and sister Emma C. Bartholomew, all of Philadelphia. 
T. T. Myers. 
CRULL -MOORE.— At the home of the bride's parents, 
near Hagerstown, Ind., Dec. 23, 1894, by Eld. Abram Bow- 
man, G. L. Crull and sister Lizzie Moore. 

Emmet Moors. 

PAUL— CHARLETON — At the home of Bro. Wm, 
Robertson, near Hagerstown, Ird, Dec. 27, 1894, by Eld. 
Abram Bowman, Bro. John I. Paul and sLter Lizzie Charle- 
ton. Emmet Moore. 

REDDICK-RICKABAUGH.— Atihe residence of the 
bride's parents, near Sheridan, Mo, Nov. 27, 1894, by the 
: undersigned, John Reddlck and Mary RIckabaugh. 

J. E. Shamberger. 



SNOWBERGER— SHAMBERGER._At the residence 
u i the bride's parents, Dec 19, 1894, Bro. Theodore Snow; 
berger, of McPherson, Kans., ml Mls6 Lizzie Shamberger" 
-* Nodaway County, Mo. J. E. Shamberg ERi ' 

RODEFER—W AMPLER. — At the residence cf the 
bride's parents, near Weyer's Cave, Va., Dec. 25, i8 94 , by 
Bro. Peter Garber, Bro. Henry E. Rodefer and sister Laura 
~. Wampler, b^th of this County. 

EARLY— WA.MPLER.— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, near Weyer's Cave, Va., Dec. 26, 1894, by Bro. Peter 
Garber, Bro. Noah L. Early and sister Rebecca F. Wampler 
bath of this County. J. B. Wampler, ' 

SUTTER— MURRAY.— At the residence of the bride's 
mother, MePherfon, Kans., Dec. 25, 1894, Bro. A. A. Sutter, 
of Esterly, La , and sister Lizzie Murray. E. B. Hoff. 

HELFER— DICKEY.— At the home of the bride's par- 
nts, New Philadelphia, Ohio, Dec. 25, 1894, by the under- 
Igned, Mr. Charles W. Heifer, of Hancock County, Ohio 
and sister Marietta Dickey, of Huron County, Ohio. 

E. Loomis. 



Fallen Asleep, 



SHAFFER.— In the Jacob's Creek church, Westmoreland 
Co., Pa., Dec. 22, 1894, of diphtheria, Olive Ann, daughter of 
Bro. Peter and sister Martha Shaffer, aged 12 years and 4 

STAIRS,— In the same congregation, Dec. 31, 1894, Elsie 
Viola, infant daughter of friend Lester and sister Eliza Stairs, 
aged 3 months and 3 days. Services conducted by the writer, 
from Matt. 5: 5. J K. Eichhr. 

DAVIDSON— In the Maumee church, Ohio, sister Eliza- 
beth Davidson, sged 76 years, 2 months and 28 days. She 
lived a faithful Chiistlan life and died In hope of blessed Im- 
mortality. Funeral services by Eld. Jacob Kintner, assisted 
by Bro. David Cover, from 2 Tim. 4: 6-8. 

Jacob Kintner. 

ZIMMERMAN.— Near Mlddlebury, Ind., Dec. 25, 1894, 
Early Franklin, son of Bro. Henry ard sister Jane Zlmmer- 
man, sged ir months and 3 days. Funeral services by the 
writer, assisted by the bethren, from Matt 18: 3. 

Christian Schrock. 

SHIVELY— In the Okaw church, Piatt Co, III, Jan. 3, 
1S95, of heart disease, sister Hannah, wife of Bro. Chiistlan 
Shlvely, aged 78 years, 5 months and 2 days. She was a 
member of the Brethren church fifty-nine years. She was 
the mother of five children, two of whom are yet living. 
Funeral services by Eld. M. J. McClure, assisted by home 
ministers. E. F. Wolfe. 

McHUGH — In the bounds of the Winona church, Viola, 

Minn , Jan. 5, 1S95, friend John, husband of sister Sarah 

McHugh, aged 60 jears, 11 months and 5 days. Funeral 

services conducted by E'd. D. Whetstone, from John 14: 1, 2. 

J. H. Wirt. 

SUTPHIN —In the Raleigh church, Raleigh, W. Va., 
Dec. 31, 1894, Co-die L , daughter of Bro. J. P. and sister 
EmmaSutphln, sged 8 years and 5 months. Little Cordle 
was the victim of a severe fever. She was a very Intelli- 
gent little girl. 

ALIFF.— Near Prince, W. Va., Sept 7, 1894, sister Sarah 
Aliff. She was an aged sister and a faithful member of the 
Brethren church and her talent was well developed. Serv- 
ices conducted by Eld. Samuel Riner. 

Matthew P. Snuffer. 

STEWART.— In the North Manchester church, Ind., 
Dec. 13, 1894, sister Hatlle Stewart, aged 81 years, 5 months 
and 8 days. She was a faithful and devoted member of the 
church of her choice for about sixty years. Funeral services 
by brethren A. L. Wright and Isaac Miller. D. C. Crip*. 

WINE.— Near Octoblne, Va., Oct. 28, 1894, Anna Wine 
(wee Burner), aged 95 years, 1 month and 24 days. She waB 
born In Rockingham County, Va , Sept. 4, i?99 She was 
married to John Wine March 3, 1823, after which they moved 
to his father's, near Ottobine, where she spent the remainder 
of her life, her husband being called to the ministry and 
afterwards to the eldership, presiding In the Beaver Creek 
congregation until April 26, 1879, when death called Mm 
away. They had lived together fifty-six years. Nine 
children were born to them. Two died In their Infancy. 
She traveled a great deal with her husband in his minister a 
work. In 1870 they visited some of the Western States. 

A. A. MoiW' 

WILKINSON.— In Rig Creek church, Richland °*»ij 
Dec. 31, 1894, of diphtheria, Adda May, daughter of ' 
Wm. T. and sister A. E. Wilkinson, aged 7 y*»"» » m ° 
and 10 days. Funeral services by Bro. G. W. Eavey, fro" 1 

«, ^ T M. FORNBV. 

Matt. 19: 14. J* "*** 



January 22, 1896. 



KURTZ. — In the bounds of the Johns 
town church, Cambria Co., Fa., Dec, 14 
1894 of heart disease, sister Annie Kurlz 
aged 73 years, 7 months and 7 days. Sh< 
was a daughter of John and Mary Kurlz, anc 
granddaughter of Joeeph Robberts who wai 
killed by the Indians many years ago. Fu 
neral services by Eld. F. Coons, of the Pro 
gresslve Brethren. David Hildebrand. 

ORR.- Near Ockley, Carroll Co., Ind., 
Dec. 22, 1894, Nellie, Infant daughter of 
friend Franklin C. and Lettle Orr, aged 2 
months and 24 days. Funeral services by 
the writer, from 2 Sam. 12: 23. Interment 
In the Pyrmont cemetery. J. W, Vettbr, 

SALTZMAN.— In the bounds of the Fair- 
view church, Tippecanoe Co., Ind , Dec. 20, 
1894, Peter Saltzman, aged 87 years, 9 months 
and 16 days. He was born In Germany. 
He was married to Susan Sumers, who still 
survives him. To this union were born ten 
chfldren, three of whom still survive, one the 
wife of Eld. P, S. Meyers, of California. 
Friend Saltzman was of Amlsh descent, but 
joined I he Brethren and lived a consistent 
member until the withdrawal of the Old 
Order element, when he withdrew with them. 
Funeral services conducted at the Old Order 
church, one mile south of Pyrmont, by min- 
isters Yoder, Wagoner and Sklles, from Rev. 
22:12-14. Interment In the Pyrmont cem- 
etery. J. w. Vetter. 

CLARKS.— In the bounds of the Wash- 
ington church, Kans , Dec. 30, 1894, of cancer 
on her breast, friend Luclnta Clarks, aged €6 
years and 6 months. She was born In Penn- 
sylvania, moved to Wisconsin, and In 1880 
she, with her daughter and family named 
Nyce, moved to Washington, Kans. Burled 
Jan. 1 in the Brethren's cemetery, 

John M. Gauby. 
BEEGHLY.—In the Seneca church, Sen- 
eca Co., Ohio, Dec. 29, 1894, Bro. Abraham 
Beeghly, aged 64 years and 19 days. He 
leaves a wife, a devoted sister In the church, 
four sons and three daughters. The three 
daughters are members of the church. Bro. 
Beeghly was for a long time a great sufferer 
from asthma, which, no doubt, was the cause 
of his death. He, for a number of years, 
filled well and faithfully the office of deacon, 
In which station he will be greatly missed. 
Funeral occasion, Jan. 1, Improved by the 
undersigned, assisted by Bro. A. Eeelman. 
S. A. Walker. 
BAKER— In the Falling Spring church, 
Franklin Co , Pa., Nov. 28, 1894, of paralysis, 
sister Elizabeth, wife of Eld. Adam Baker, 
aged 64 years, 1 month and 8 days She had 
been under the rod of affliction for over five 
years. A daughter of eleven years preceded 
her to the spirit land some twenty-two years 
ago. She leaves a husband to mourn his 
loss. Both were consistent members of the 
Brethren church thirty-nine years. Services 
by the home ministry, from Job 19: 25, 26. 
Interment at the Price cemetery, near 
Waynesboro. Wm. C. Koontz. 

HOLDEMAN— In the Spring River con- 
gregation, Jasper Co., Mo., Dec. 24, 1894, 
Franklin, son of Eld. Christian and sister 
Susan Holdeman, aged 30 years, 2 months 
and 5 days. He leaves a wife and three chil- 
dren. Funeral services by the writer, assist- 
ed by Bro. George Barnhart, 

W. M. Harvey. 

RICHARDSON.— At Perry, Okla., Dec. 

j& J 89+ ) Stephen Richardson, of Sedgwick, 

a "s., aged 74 years, 8 months and 19 days. 

funeral services at Sedgwick, by Jesse Engle, 

*°m Rev. 3: is. E.C.Shhlly 

HAHN.-I n the WInamac church, Pulaski 
B™ £ ; DeC " l8 ' l89 4> s,ster Mar y> w«e of 
and V' Hahn ' a * ed « years, 4 months 
™ 17 days. Sister Hahn's afflictions lasted 
"a few hours. The morning of Dec. 18 
heg tb reakfastforher famI1Viand gn 

Patd Sh a e w b a e y Ca l n f k End ^ mIdn ' Sht 5he 
and ZPn il y " Was a ver >' insistent 

years T m6mber ° f the church ^r twenty 
Sh P 1. WaS loved and r «pected by all. 

Siser h V h 8 " hU6band and 8even ch,ld ™- 
0! ^r Hahn wa6 ever willing to hold up the 




bereaved brother, and to 
-B« mm to go forth and declare the glad tid- 
ings of great joy to a djlng world. On ac 
count of Bro. Hahn's health he had to close 
his labors In the field where he was worklne 
for the Lord, and he arrived home just In 
time to see his companion pass away. Fu- 
neral services by Eld. Joel Weaver from 
John i 4 : r- 3i t0 a large concourse of people. 
A. H. Miller. 
WISLER._At her home, near St. Paul 
Carroll Co, Va, Oct. , 9 , ,s 94 , slster M 
wife of Bro. Jacob H. Wlsler, aged 66 years 
r month and 7 days. She leaves a husband^ 
one son and one daughter. Funeral services 
by the writer, from Rev. 14: ,3. at the Com- 
munlon meeting on Sunday. 

H.P. Hvi/ror. 
WILLISTON— On Bennle's Run, W 
Va„ Nov. 2i, ,894, of consumption, 'sister 
Annie, wife of Bro. Wm. Wllllston. De- 
ceased united with the church the second 
Sunday In July, ,8 94 . Burial services by the 
wlter - A S. Cool. 

NORRI3-In the Beaverdam church, 
Frederick Co , Md., Dec. 31, 1894, of diph- 
theria, sister Emma A., oldest daughter of 
Bro. E. O. and sister Nannie Norrls, aged ra 
years and 4 months. She had been a con- 
sistent member of the church for over a year, 
and by her brightness and kindness had made 
lany friends. She had a remarkably bril- 
liant mind. Though but twelve years old, 
far advanced In her studies as 
many girls at sixteen. I am growing old In 
teaching, and having taught her In school for 
the last four years, I can truthfully say she 
was the brightest girl I have ever taught. 
Services conducted by the writer, assisted by 
Eld. John H. Utz. Geo. K. Sappington. 



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Mount Morris, III., and Huntingdon, Pa., January 29, 1895. 



No. 6. 



Table of Contents. 

















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POETRY,— 

My Refuge By J. S. 1\ 








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MISSIONARY AND TRACT WORK,- 
M issioo Receipts for December, ,894, . 



The meeting at the Walnut Lsvel church, Ind , 
conducted by B-o L^vi Stonebumer, closed with 
five additions. 

Bro G. W. Buokhaster has changed his ad- 
dress from Little R)ck, Ark, to Carlisle, Lonoke 
County, same State. 



The aeries of meetings in the Eel Biver 
obarch, Iud , closed with twelve accessions by 
confession and baptism 



Bro. J. S Snively writes that everything is 
moving along plea3antly in the church at Lanark, 
111., and that the members are happy. 



The meetings in the Brethren church, 183 Has- 
tings St., Chicago, are expected to close this 
week, Two were baptizad lsst Sunday. 

Those sending us papers containing articles to 
which they wish to call oar attention, should al- 
ways mark the parts they wiah us to read, 

The law in Sweden against txoessive drinking 
seems to be severe enough, A man seen drunk 
four times is deprived of his electoral vote. 



Fifteen additions are reported at the West 
Nimishillen church, Ohio, as the result of a se- 
ries of meetings held at the Pleasant Valley 
house. 

Members write us to learn where they may 
send old copies of the Messenger for free dis- 
tribntion. We suggest that thos6 wishing matter 
of that kind, send us their address. 



Writing from Martinsbnrgh, W. Va , Jan. 7, 
Bro. John Brindle says that twenty-two were re- 
ceived into the Berkeley church during the year 
1891, while two passed over the river. 



The voting on charging fifty cents each for 
marriage notices is beooming quite interesting. 
Oar readers have till February 15 to get in their 
votes, No vote can b3 received after that date. 



Bro. J. 8. Snowbergir, of Big Springs, Nebr., 
says: "Iammuoh pleased with the Messenger. 
I cannot do without it. I would rather do with 
out my meals some days than to be without my 
paper." 

We most assuredly thank our missionary 
friends, on the other side of the world, for copies 
of the Bombay Herald, an excellent Christian 
weekly, published in Bombay, India. We read 
it with interest. 



Bro Adam Bauer, of Bushnell, 111., would be 
pleased to correspond with some minister who 
desires to ohange location. He says he will do 
all he oan to have a minister locate in that part 
of the country. 

Some one wants to know whether it is right 
for a brother to deed his property to his wife 
in order to avoid paying his j ast and honest 
debts. Certainly it is not right. It is one mett 
od of defrauding a creditor. 



During the year 1891, it is estimated that 
eighty million dollars passed over the counters in- 
to the hands of the saloon-keepers in the City of 
New York, That meanB over one dollar for every 
man, woman and child in the United States. 



The people of Lanark, 111 , and vicinity, have 
shipped a carload cf provisions to the Western 
sufferers. It was sent to Bro. A. M, Dickey, 
McPherson, Kans., and the goods will be distrib- 
uted among the needy in the drouth stricken 
region. 

Several days ago Bro. Abram H. Lulz, elder 
of the Waddain's Grove church, 111., was pros- 
trated by a paralytic stroke. He recsived the 
anointing, and when last heard from, was thought 
to be improving. His condition for a time was 
critical. „„ 

Bro. Jacob Mishler writes that Bro. A. I. 
Heestand commenced a series of meetings in the 
Springfield church, Summit County, Ohio, Jan. 
6 and closed the 20 jh, with nineteen accessions by 
confession and baptism. The churoh is greatly 



Bro John Jordan, of Exeter, Nebr., says that 
several families in that looality think of going 
South, and thoy would like to be informed if 
there are any Brethren living in Mississippi or 
Alabama, along the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. 
Those knowing will please write him. 



In this issue will be found the report of the 
Secretary of the General Missionary and Tract 
Committee for Dscember. Please examine it 
with great care and see what the churches are 
doing for the different departments of missionary 
work. Daring the month the Committee re- 
ceived SI 471 19, and also sent out 14,034 tracts. 

A SISTER writes that the editorial headed, " Old 
Shoes" may cause some discouragement among 
those not able (o give of the best. Not neces- 
sarily so. The Lord never requires one to give 
that which he does not have. Old shoes, and 
old clothes generally, are far better than nothing 
at nil, and will bring down blessings on the don- 
ors. Bat we should not keep the best and most 
valuable things of life for worldly pleasure, and 
then expect to keep np our own reputation in the 
kingdom of God by giving only the refnsed 
things of life to help the poor. 



Last week a minister and wife, in only moder- 
ate circumstances, sent us a draft for S15 00. 
Five dollars is intended for the Washington City 
house, and the remainder is to pay for sending 
the Messenger to the poor. Thus the poor and 
needy are not neglected, while the Lord is surely 
adding his blessing. 

During his Holiday vacation, a boy thirteen 
ysars old, living in Southern Illinois, sold fifty- 
seven oopiea of sister Miller's book, entitled, 
"Letters to the Young from the Old World." 
What one boy can do others may. Let other 
boys and girls take hold of the work snd see how 
many copies they can sell. Write us for terms 
to agentf. 

A charity ( ?) ball was recently held by the 
rich people in Chicago, and netted about S18.000 
to be distributed among the poor. A few nights 
later a poorly-clad woman froz* to death on one 
of the streets of the city. The city is full of peo- 
ple almost starved and frozen, yet the rioh and 
fashionable sill have their balls, and walk ia sin- 
ful ways that a little charity may aboand. 

Considerable money was raised in the United 
States and elsewhere for the relief of the earth- 
quake sufferers at Constantinople. It is now 
jeported that three- fourths of that money wf» 
used by the Turkish government to restore the 
damaged mosque belonging to the Mohamme- 
dans. If this report be correct it shows how 
little confidence is to be placed in the Turks. 



The Moravian church, though weak in mem- 
beiship, is an object lesson to all Pio'est mt Chris- 
tianity in rcfsiionary z;al and enterprise. The 
church is said to have in the mission field one 
missionary to every sixty of her members, while 
other churches have only one missionary to about 
67ery five thousand membars. The work and 
sacrifice of the Moravians should put all other 
churches to shame. 



All letters addressed to India must be prepaid 
the rate of five cents for each half ounoe or 
fraction thereof, otherwise the one in India re- 
ceiving them will have to pay doable postage. 
Oar missionaries in India have to pay ten cents 
postage on some letters received, just because 
those sending the letters did not put enough 
stamps on them. Have your postmaster weigh 
each letter and tell you juat what the postage is. 



Great suffering prevails in the western part of 
Nebraska. People are leaving the State by the 
hundreds, hoping to find something with which 
to keep sonl and body together. The drouth of the 
past year is said to have besn unparallelled both 
in its extent and intensity, and as a consequence 
thousands of farmers have raised nothing. We 
regret to learn that some of oar ministers are 
preparing to leave the parts of the country where 
their services are so mnch needed. It is to be 
hoped that they can be induced to remain and 
continue their mnch needed labors among the 
poor. Let all who can, respond to the call for 
help to assist these sufferers. 



TH B < K >SI ' E Fv M RSSRNHR^. 



January 29, 



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BJriyl«ihcwU>)n«U»pproTed unto God: a wMfcua tiatBMdcik I 






MY BtFUuT.. 



The Lord is my refuge in youth and in age, 
In the calmness of life, when the passions may rfge; 
When all other sources of comfcrt have failed 
Tnen the Lord for my refuge I gladly have hal led 
The Lord is my refuge though far I may roam 
Away from my fatherland, kindred and home. 
Neither heights, nor the depths, nor the foes of all lands 
Are able lo pluck me from my Father's strong hands. 
The Lord is my refuge when the tempjsts arise 
And the clouds of thick darkness hang over the skies 
When the lightnings are flashing, and thurders do roll 
His wings he spreads over my quivering soul. 
The Lord is my refuge, surrounding my bed 
While I slumber, unconscious, like those of the dead; 
In the morning He wakes me with the breath of His voice 
And bids me behold the new day, and rejoice. 
The Loi d Is my refuge by day and b/ night, 
Through dangers unseen and dangers in s'ght, 
Through the j juiney of life, till J lelding my breath 
And walking through the valley and shadow o! d ath. 
Lords/'itrir, Cal. 

IS THIS A DEEAM? 

I dreamed that I was on my way to schcol, when 
suddenly I noticed a great crowd upon lie green. 
People where hurrying to and fro, and when I 
asked what all thie coaimo'.ion wse about, a girl 
said: 

" Why, don't jou know? It's MtSEuiing Day, 
and the Lord's angel has come to tea how much 
our souls have grown since last Measuring Day " 

" Meatjuriog Dayl" Esid I; measuring souls! 
I never heard of such a thing," aad I began to 
ask questions; but the girl hurried on, and after 
a little I let myself be preesed aloag with the 
crowd to the green. 

There in the center, on a kind of throne under 
the great elm, was the most gloriocs and beauti- 
ful being I ever saw. He had white wings; His 
clothes were a qieer, sbiaing kind of white, and 
he had the kindest yet must serious faoa I had ever 
baheld By his side was a till, g)ldaa rod fas- 
taned upright in the ground, with oariou3 marks 
at regular intervals from the top to the bottom. 
0?er it, on a gulden scroll, were the words: " The 
measure of the stature of a perfect man." The an- 
gel held in his hand a large book, in whioh he 
wrote the measurements as the people came up 
on the calling of their names in regular turns. 
The instant eaoh one touched the golden meas- 
ure a most wonderful thing happened. No one 
could esoapa the terrible accuracy of that strange 
rod. Each one shrank or ir-creased to his true 
dimensions — his spiritual dimensions, as I soon 
learned,— f:r it was an index of the aonl-growth 
whioh was shown in this mysterious way, so that 
even we could see with our eyes what otherwise 
the angel alone could have perceived. 

The first few who were measured after I came 
I did not know; but soon the name of E'zibeth 
Darrow was called. She is the President of the 
Aid for the Destitute Society, you know, aad she 
manages ever so many other societies too, and I 
thought, " Surely Mrs. Dsrrow's measure will he 
very high, indeed." Bat as she stood b7 the rod, 
the instant she touched it she seemed to grow 
shorter and shorter, and the angel's face grew very 
serious as he said: "This would be a soul of high 
stature if only the zaal for outside works which can 
be seen of men had not checked the lowly, secret 
graces of humility and trust and patience under 
little daily trials. These, tco, are needed for per- 
fect soul growth," 



I pitied Mrs. Darrow as she moved away with 
such a aad and surprised faoe, to make room for 
tha nexS, It was poor, thic, little Betsy Lines, 
the seamstress. I never was more astonished in 
my life than whan she took her stand by tha rod, 
and immediately she increased in height till her 
mark was higher than any I had seen before; 
and her face shone so, I thought it must have 
caught its light from the angels, which smiled 
so gloriously that I envied poor little Betty, 
whom before I had rather looked down upon. 
And as the angel wrote in the bcok he said: 
" Blessed aro tha poor in spirit, for theirs is the 
kingdom of heaveD." 

The next was Lilian Edgar, who dresses so 
beautifully that I have often vrished I had such 
clothes and so much money. The angel locked 
sadly at her measure, for it was very low— so low 
that Lilian turned pale as death, and her beauti- 
ful clothes no one noticed at all, for thay were 
quite overshadowed by the glittering robes be- 
side her. And the angel said ia a solemn tone: 
"O, child, why take thought for raiment? Let 
your adorning ha not that outward adorning of 
putting on of apparel, but let it be the ornament 
of a meek and quiet spirit, which is, in the sight 
of God, of great prioo. Thus only oan yon grow 
like the Maater." 

Old Jerry, the cobbler, came next — pcor, old 
clumsy Jerry; but a3 he hobbled up the steps 
the angel's face fairly blazed with light, and he 
smiled on him, and led him to the rod; and be- 
hold, Jerry's measure wag higher than any of tha 
others. The angel's voica rang out so loud and 
clear that we all heard it saying: "He thBt kum- 
bl8th him3e!f sha'I be existed." " Whosoever 
shall huruble himself ai a little child, the same ia 
greatest in the kingdom of heaven." 

And then, O, my name came nextl and I trem- 
bled so I could hardly reach the angel, but he 
put his arm around me and helped me to stand 
by tha rod. As soon as I tonohed it I felt myself 
growing shorter and shorter, and though I 
tretohad and strained every nerva to be as tall 
as possible, I could only reach Lilian's mark — 
Lilian's, the lowest of all, and I a member of the 
church for two year&I I grsw crimson for shame, 
and whispered to the angel: "O, give me another 
chanca before you mark me in tha book so low as 
this. Tell me how to grow; I will do it all sd 
gladly, only do not put this mark down." 

The angel shook his head sadlt: " The record 
must go down ae it ia, my child. May it ba 
higher whan I ntx L , come. This rule will help 
thee: ' Whatsoever thou doeat, do it heartily, as 
to the Lord, in singleness of bear's a? unto 
Christ.' The same earnestness whioh thou throw- 
eat into other things will, with Christ's help, 
make thee to grow ia gracel " 

And with that I burst into tsar?, audi sudden- 
ly woke and found myself crying. Bat 0, I shall 
never forget that draaml I wao so ashamed of 
my mark. 

Do any of my readers know aay girl who 
throws more enthusiasm into every other thing 
than into the most important of all — tha growth 
of her Christian character? — From the "Measur- 
ing Rod" by Delia Lyman Porter. 



GOD'S LAW OF MAKEIAGE, 

BY G.EBTBUDE A, FLOBX. 

,! What therefore God hath pined together, let not man 
put asunder."— Matt. 19: 6. 

When not a thorn nor thistle grew among the 
flowers and springing verdure of tha new crea- 
tion, still grand in its first beauty, fresh from the 
hand of God, man dwalt ia its midst, the grandest 
workmanship of the Creator. Crowned with the 



image and parity of his Maker, and installed as 
master of the earth's inhabitants, what else could 
he need or desire? Viewing him in the light 
of these wondrous blessings, we are inclined 
to question Jehovah'a assertion: "It is not good 
that the man should be alone." Gen. 2: 18. 

If a man of the present were made "master of 
the universe," what would he want beBide? Just 
what the man in Eden lacked,— a congenial com- 
panion. Sociable and loving, like his Creator 
his happiness is incomplete without a worthy 
aasooiate npon whom to bestow hia great wealth 
of love and friendship. He traverses the beauti- 
ful garden with reverent step, and sits in the 
flower-laden bowers, his high intellect drinking 
in the eublima grandeur surrounding him, his ear 
enraptured by tha muBic of God's voice in forest, 
stream and song, himself the crowning glory of 
his Paradise. And there is not a creature to en- 
jey with him his blissful and exalted estate. 
Last his constant association with an inferior cre- 
ation should cause him to lose the divine impress, 
the great heart of the Creator was moved to de- 
clare: " I will make him a help meet for him." 
Gen. 2: 18. 

Whatever duties may have been assigned by God 
to woman, that of companion to man and helper 
in the higher social life was the object of her orea- 
tion aad the most exalted and saored mission that 
oould ba vouchsafed to her. As snob, the lonely 
man in Eden received the promised "help meet" 
from Jehovah's hand, acknowledging her equality 
with him&slf by his tender and exulting declara- 
tion: " This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of 
my flesh." Gan. 2: 23. 

From this time forth the eternal fiat rang down 
the corridors of time, "Therefore shall a man 
leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave 
unto his wife: and they shall ba one flesh." GeD. 
2: 24; Matt. 19: 5; 1 Cor. 6: 16; Eph. 5: 3, 16. 
This mystical union of the " twain," bone of bona 
and flesh of flesh, was God's first law of marriage, 
as instituted by himself; and what it was it is to- 
day. For while there have been grave departures 
and unha'lowed innovations, the first law remains 
unchanged. Hence, acoordiag to the divine plan, 
the twain made one are as inseparable as soul and 
body which death alone can sever, 

Oaa the finite miud conceive of a relation mora 
sacred aad holy and beautiful and desirable? 
Even the relation of Christ and the church is 
compared to that of husband and wifel And we 
do know that nothing, absolutely nothing but the 
church's extinction can separate hsr from the 
love of Christ. The divine seal, then, that unites 
the twain aad keeps them inseparable until death 
is love. Bat how two bodies can become one 
flesh "is a great mystery." Eph. 6: 32 Tet the 
truth remains as firm as the everlasting ages. 

That God has said it should be so; that the 
hnman heart yearns for thiB holy and perfect 
union, is proof that it is attainable. But the 
question may arise, How can the various minds 
and sentiments be blended into perfect harmony? 
When God created a "help meet" for man, he 
made a being who would be a perfect companion, 
j uat such a woman as would please him most and 
be the mest baneficial to him in his work, one 
whose nature would blend perfectly with his. It 
only needs a passing glance to see that two in- 
dividuals merged into one would live in beautiful 
harmony with never a discordant note; and if sin 
had never marred their lives, the entire human 
family would dwell together in the same blissful 
union and association. 

If, then, through sin came the discordant senti- 
ments of humanity, we must look for the reverse 
in the atonement in which is regained all that 
man lost in the Adamio transgression. For while 
it ia true that the husband and wife who agree to 



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/HIS GOSPEL MES8ENQE§. 



67 



sin together, to cheat God and live alone for 
selfish interests and fleshly pleasures, may be 
happy in each other's society, Edenic bliss and 
rapturous harmony are found only in the "life 
bid with Christ in God," in whom individuality 
is lost and all are "of one mind," walking by 
"the same rule." 1 Pet. 3: 8; Philpp. 3: 16 

And that "mind" and "rule" is love,— not idle 
fancy nor fickle passion which flames and flashes 
only to die, bnt pure and hallowed love which 
outlives the fiercest tempests of the ages! "As 
Christ loved the church " is the standard. His 
love for the church is the highest tspe of aflvc 
tion, having no superior in earth or heaven. It 
is ohangeless, pure and endless, "passing knowl- 
edge." Eph. 3: 19 Even angels hove deBired in 
vain to fathom its wondrons depths and scale its 
glorious heights! 

The divine example, then, by which husband 
and wife must test their loyalty and devotion to 
each other, is Christ's love and faithfulness to the 
churoh, and the church's fidelity and submission 
to Christ. Eph. 5 : 24, 25. And none have attained 
to the fall stature in Christ Jesns whose wedded 
lives are not an exact copy of the example. 

A beautiful and inspiring illustration of a mar- 
riage after God's own mind, recently came to me 
from one of our beloved elders, who, by his noble 
life and work, has endeared himself to the Broth- 
erhood and world es well. Hear what he says: 
"For twenty-seven years my wife and I have 
lived together. Each year, as it passed, only 
served to strengthen our love for each other, and 
in all these years,— happy, God-given years, — we 
have had no shadow in our home. God gave me 
my wife, and there has been no happier domestic 
life than ours, She has been my warmest and 
beat friend, my moat helpful critio, and when the 
judgment day comes, her star and crown will 
shine the brightest." 

that love would thus r?hed its radiance in joy 
and blessedness on every domestic lifel What a 
heaven we Bhould have on earth I Husbands, 
wives! can you view this grand pen picture with- 
out an intense yearning to climb higher and 
higher, until the divine standard is reached? If 
husbands and wives everywhere would rise above 
the sin and sorrow incident to earth-life, and live 
in the exhilarating atmosphere of perfect oor-jagal 
harmony, we should leave a heritage of purity to 
our children, for which they would bless us for- 
ever. Thai hi us make the effort 7 

Christ did not give himself for the church 
without an effort on hid part. Ah! how he, in 
the garden on that saddest of all sad nights, 
wrestled with his Father for strength to make the 
sacrifice " that he might present it to himself a 
glorious chnrch, . . holy and without blem- 
ish." Eph. 5: 25-27. The church did not retain 
her allegiance and fidelity to Christ through di- 
'eot persecution and exile in dark ages without a 
valiant struggle on her part. Neither can the 
wedded launch out on the matrimonial sea in a 
golden ship, without compass, sail or helm, and 
anchor in the haven of connubial bliss. The ves- 
sel left thns to breast life's stormy billows, must 
strand on the rocks of mieery ; bnt steered by the 
truBty helm, love, it will outride the heaviest gale 
and land its passengers safely in the harbor of 
conjugal felicity, for love is wisdom, light and 
Power. God is love! 
La Porte, Ind. 



STEALING HEARTS BY HAND-SHAKLSO. 

BY 0, E ARNOLD 

Let the reader turn to the fifteenth chapter of 
oeoond Samuel and read the first s'x verses, 
"ere is a picture of the brilliant and ambitions 



Absalom standing in the gates of the city. See 
him put forth his hand and with magnetio grasp 
win the hearts of his follow Israelites "So Ab- 
salom stole the hearts of the m«n of Jsrae'." 
We have no praiie for the craft and treachery of 
this wicked prince, but his method of winning 
hearts is worthy of our imitation if our motive 
be a pure one. 

How much there io in a hearty handshaking! 
A brother recently remarked to ma concerning 
another brother: "I have met him only once, 
bnt I shall never forget the hand-shaking which 
he gave me." 

I once attended services at a certain chnrch 
(not Brethren) for several months, and during all 
that time not a hand of welcome nor a friendly 
greeting was extended to me. Later I went to 
another town and there attended services at a 
chnrch of the same denomination as the former. 
A friend and myself were apparently the only 
strangers present, bnt the minister in his closing 
prayer prayed for the strangers who had come to 
worship with them. At the close of the service 
half s dozen hands of welcome were extended, 
including the pastor himself. Said one, " I pre- 
sume you are. strangers here. We are glad to 
have you come to our chnrch." On the following 
Sunday we were iuvited to attend the young peo- 
ple's meeting of the churoh. Here we were in- 
troduced to the young people and urgently in- 
vited to make that chnrch our ohurch-home while 
sojourning in the city. 

Observe the contrast between these two church- 
es. The former people were as cold and uninvit- 
ing as an iceberg; but the latter,— alas,— they had 
stolen onr hearts, and I must confess that there 
is yet in my heart a warm place for those kind 
people. 

We need a revival in hand-shaking. The 
hearts of strangers and others who are not Chris- 
tians may be won in this way. Every brother 
and sister can use this method of winning soul?. 
Let not the hand-shaking be cold and formal, 
but put into it the magnetic impulse of the Holy 
Spirit and a burning love for souls. If we would 
have a winning manner we must cultivate a loving 
heart. Let us cultivate the latter for Ohriat'o 
sake, and use the former to promote his cause I 

McPherson, Kans. 



THE SYMPATHY OF OHKIST. 

BY H. BALSBAnUH 

My Belcved Brother Solomon Blickensiaff :— 

" Unknown by face," but one in heart. You 
are indeed a heart-broken man; but not more 
so than thousands of others. Sin, death, sorrow, 
— these are universal facts. "It is appointed 
unto man once to die." Heb. 9:27. "D^ath 
is the wages of ein." Bom. 6:23. Sorrow is an 
inevitable concomitant. Christ became a man 
of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. Isa. 53: 3 
This covers sin and all its issues. The sinless 
and sorrowless was " made ain for us, that we 
might be made the righteousness of God in him." 
2 Cor. 5:21. On this glorious substitution is 
based the sonl-soothing, grief-dissipating exhor- 
tation of Paul: "Sorrow not concerning them 
which are asleep, even as others which have no 
hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose 
again, even so them also which sleep in Jeans 
will God bring with Him." 1 Thess. 4:13,14. 
That means jour beloved, sanctified dead. Ao- 
cept the inspiring mystery of John 11:25, 26, 
and let it buoy you triumphantly above the surg- 
ing billows of mortality. 

See in Heb. 12: 2 what God has made possible 
to man. " For the joy set before Him." This 
is the grand achievement of the Incarnation. On 



the cross, in the agonies of death, under the dark- 
est cloud the universe has ever witnessed, Jesus 
rejoiced With this fact connect John 14:12 
and 16: 33, and see whether yon cannot rise out 
of your deep dejection and sonl.paralyais into 
the glorious liberty of Aots 20:24 and 2 Cor. 12: 
9, 10. Listen to the amazing jubilate of the 
soaring seraphic apostle: "We are troubled on 
every side, yet not distressed: perplexed, but 
not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; 
oast, down, bnt not destroyed; alwajs bearing 
abcut in the brdy the dying of the Lord Jesus, 
that the life alio of JeBus might be made mani- 
fest in onr bedy." 2 Cor. 4: b 9, 10 That is 
practical Chrishar.ily. It is possible to-day, pos- 
sible for you, and it is the only way in which 
we can give full proof of identity with the cen- 
tral reality of Col. 2:9, 10. It is your sad privi- 
lege to share the fellowship of Jeans in John 
11:35, but much more to know the rapture of 
Bom. 8:35-39, and 1 Cor. 16:57. 

Is not this "strong consolation?" Heb. 6:18. 
Tour wife was indeed a jewel of the first quality. 
She was just what every minister's wife should 
be. She knew not only how to encourage and 
inapire, but to warn and to cheok and direct. 
She was such an helpmeet as God originally con- 
templated. Eve was only another Adam of finer 
mould, profounder spirituality, warmer heart and 
higher purpose It requires woman to Incarnate 
Deity. Man can be the head and husband and 
father of woman; but woman alone can be the 
mother of Godl To all the mothers and daugh- 
ters in Israel I would say, Eecognize your dignity 
and high calling as the primary moulders of 
the earth's millions, and the abiters of their eter- 
nal destiny. 

To lay such a soul-embraoing companion in 
the tomb will necessarily make a gash through 
the length and breadth of our being which God 
alone can heal. But He can, and He will. 
Place yourself face to face with Jesnj, and hear 
Him repeat to you the words which will never 
lose their import to a trustful hearl: " What I 
do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know 
hereafter." John 13: 7. And let yonr sancti- 
fied imagination take you back and place you 
into the very center of John 11:40, and believe 
every syllabic in relation to the dear bosom-mate 
over whose grave yon shed so many tears. Let 
her "far more exceeding and eternal weight of 
glory " lift from yon the crushing weight of sor- 
row which is binding you to the sepulchre more 
than to the triumphant pean of Easter. Do not 
decline your evangelistic appointments because 
your noble, saintly wife is in the grave: but fill 
them the more earnestly and joyfully became 
she is with Jesus to share His joy in the salva- 
tion of every soul you win to Him by your 
faithful, self-sacrificing service. Work more ar- 
dently and persistently and hopefully for Jesus 
than ever before. Only a hand-breadth and yon 
will be across the river, within the Gates of 
Pearl, " forever with the Lord," forever singing, 
with all the redeemed, the eternally unsearch- 
able mystery of everlasting love, that could ac- 
complish Bom. 8:28, and 1 John 3:2, and Bev. 
19:8, and 22: i. 

Thanks for the coin yon inclosed. I blesBed 
God for it, for need was pressing. But on my 
way home from the post-office I met a poor, blind 
man led by his little boy, who " asked an alms " for 
the necessities of the coming winter. So I gave 
him the bounty you intended for my silent min- 
istry. God is rich. Faith has always access 
to His treasury. " My cup rnnneth over." Psa. 
23: 5; 2 Cor. 6:10. 

Many are the souls in Zion who can with 
thrilling pathos sing the following lines, based 
on Psalms 84: 1. 



the; gospel messenger. 



January 29, 1896. 



" I will bless Thee-for seasons of gladness 
When Thou madest my cup to run o'ei 
I will bless Thee— for dark days of sadnei 
For licse. Lord, I bless Thee still more. 
" The seasons of gladness— they taught me 
How ready my heart was to stray ; 
The dark days of sadness— they brought r 
To Thee, as my One Only Stay." 
" And now for the bright hope of glory, 
I will bless Thee, O Lord, day by day ; 
And should I be left till I'm hoary, 
Thou still art my One Only Stay." 



Union Drpcsit, Pa. 



TRUTH IN CONFLICT. 



BY I J, BOSENBEBOER. 



Ebbob was thrown in battle array against Truth 
as early as in the quiet home of onr first parents 
in Eden's garden. The history of Truth's defeat 
in that event is told in a long, long, sad chapter. 

Noah's marshalling the Lord's faithful in bis 
day, to the casual observer, looked lite defeat 
to God's oause; bat to the remnant faithful it 
was a grand, victorious voyage over to the new 
world, Moses engaged in a f^rty years' cam- 
paign for the Lord's oause, and though he fell, 
the cause of Truth triumphed gloriously. Christ 
had no sooner come up from his baptism than 
he waa met with a personal assault by that com- 
mon foe to angels and men. But error met 
with a woeful defeat. Paul's teaching in his day 
was, "Fat on the whole armor of God that ye 
may be able to stand against the wiles of the 
devil." Hence the cause of Troth was set up 
in the very midst of assault and conflict, ingeni- 
ously waged by that prince of evil. But how 
cheering are Christ's words in that dark hour: 
" Upon this rook I will build my church, and 
the gates of hall shall not prevail against it." 
Bemember the bush that Moses saw, though 
burning, waa not consumed. Christ has long 
since left this battle ground and the holy dis- 
ciples have gone; and we, dear readers, the 
church, are left, with the help of God's arm to 
carry this conflict on to victory. 

To successfully meet an enemy it is necessary 
to kaow the Hue of his attack. The devil sought 
to vanquish Truth for long centuries by perse- 
cution, but he found that defeat met him on 
every hand, hence he has changed his base of 
operations, and his present plan is to counter- 
feit, to set up an imitation. It is the devil's 
pleasure to Bee churches built and converts add- 
ed, if he oan but corrupt and defile the patron- 
age. To this Paul alludes in these worda: "And 
no marvel ; for Satan himself is transformed into 
an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing 
if his ministers also be transformed as the min- 
isters of righteousness." 2 Cor. 11:14, 15. One 
effort of this prince of evil is to rob professing 
Christianity of modesty and simplicity in ap- 
parel. I give the doctrine of the Brethren on 
this question by quoting from the Scripture as fol- 
lows: "In like manner that women adorn them- 
selves in modest apparel .... not with braided 
hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array." 1 Tim. 
2: 9. " Whose adorning let it not be that out- 
ward adorning of plaiting the hair and of wear- 
ing of gold, or putting on of apparel. But let 
it be the hidden man of the heart . . . even the 
ornament of a meek and quiet Spirit." 1 Peter 
3:3, i. "Be not oonformed to this world." 
"Not fashioning yourselves after the former lusts 
of your ignorance." " God resisteth the proud 
bnt giveth grace to the humble." 

The Methodists in their rise were apostolic 
on the drees question. In the M. E. Discipline, 



page 31, among the things forbidden is "putting 
on gold avd costly apparel; " at the olose of said 
list, page 33, they add, " These are the general 
rules of our society: all of whioh are taught of 
God to observe, even in his written Word." " All 
of which we know hia Spirit writes on truly 
awakened hearts." Again, page 36, " Should we 
insist on the rules concerning dress? Ans. — By 
all means. This is no time to encourage super- 
fluity in dress. Therefore let all our members 
be exhorted to conform to the apostolio precept." 
Seo 1 Tim. 2:9. The Discipline of the Evan- 
gelical ohurch, pages 28 and 29, instructs thus: 
" Is it necessary to give instruction in relation 
to dress? Ans. — Tea, by all means; for so the 
apostle Paul writes to Timothy. Sjb 2: 9. 

Is there not a gorgeousness of dress in vogue 
which we ought wholly to oppose? Ans. — Yes, 
though we are persuaded that dress oan save 
none, be it ever so plain, if he be not clothed 
with the garments of salvation. . . . Sumptuous 
attire is unbecoming to Christians ... be it 
known therefore that none of our members shall 
be permitted to wear the following artioles: (1) 
ear and finger rings; (2) curls, and the powder- 
ing of the hair; uubecDming rnffbs and scallops, 
or bunches of ribbons, or the like on any piece 
of apparel." 

The United Brethren Discipline lays down a 
strict rule on dress, page 43 The foregoing 
rules being clothed in strong imperative lan- 
guage, and closely supported by plain Scriptnre 
and reason, it would have been thought that the 
truth upon this pDint were invulnerable. Bnt 
alas! I'm sad to pan the tale of defeat. A victo- 
ry has been won for error. The masses have 
been robbed of every vestige of plainness. They 
walk in open violation of both the Bible and 
their own Discipline, The oonfliot has spread 
until it has reached our own Brotherhood. The 
inroads are serious, In former years this prinoe 
of evil sowed much bad seed in the church through 
the press, for the press is a power; but that has 
been wisely cut off. We now have but one ohurch 
organ, watched over by an Advisory Committee. 
This same agent of evil may now be seeking to 
get his headquarters in our institutions of learn- 
ing. While thes9 schools are guarded by visit- 
ing elders, yet serious advances may be made 
by some who are in sympathy with neither 
the Gospel nor the usages of the church, if we 
do not continue to exercise care. I fear that 
there is seed now being sown that will compel 
the ohurch to reap a sad harvest in the future. 

Another effort of this prince of evil is to in- 
troduce amusements and entertainments into 
praying assemblies- In some popular churches 
on this question there is simply a complete sur- 
render. The enemy is an invited guest. The 
flood-gates have been raised and their churches 
have simply been inundated by balls, fairs, thea- 
ters, and amusements of every grade. This per- 
sistent foe is steadily encroaching upon onr 
church. I notice that our brethren are 
oelebrating what they oall "children's day" as 
do many other ohurches. A certain writer oalls 
them "children's snares," Children's meetings 
are Scriptural, hence right. The children well 
rve special services, but to introduce a liter- 
ary declaiming exercise in our ohurohes is a de- 
parture from the original design. To be certain 
that they will entertain, they are inclined to 
the comical. The original design was that ohil- 
dren should be taught and led, and not that 
children shall teach and lead. Besides, children's 
day leads to display and competition. I pro- 
nonuoe the exercise "one of the old tricks of 
Satan." E3ligions services are designed to cul- 
tivate knowledge, meekness, and sobriety, and 
thus advance the interests of the soul. Ohnroh 



entertainments and "children's day" do not 
produce these designed results, hence are agen- 
oies of evil. 

A third effort of this prince of evil is to lower 
the standard of religion and bring it on the low 
level with the world by blotting ont and doing 
away with ohnrch ordinances and dismissing 
chnroh creed as set forth in the Gospel. The ad- 
vanoe that Satan has made on this line is simply at. 
tonishing. The popular teaching is, "Believe on 
Christ" This is so constrned as not to necessi- 
tate belief in his doctrine. "Believe on Christ 
bnt you need not believe nor accept what he 
says." What a compromise with unbelief, with 
infidelity, all in the face of such plain declare, 
tions at the following: "Teaching them to ob- 
serve all things whatsoever I have commanded 
you." "He that hath my commandments and 
keepeth them, he it is that loveth me. Being 
made perfect he beoame the author of eternal 
salvation to all them that obey him." This 
prince of evil is so crafty with his power that 
he is succeeding in making some encroachments 
upon onr Brotherhood on this line. I bid be- 
ware. 

Finally, the prince of evil, having gained such 
victory in the three particnlars I have named, 
has gathered courage to attack another impor- 
tant difference between the chnroh and the world, 
viz., sect or organization. This point gained, 
the devil will then have unrestrained sway. The 
world will then be the chnroh. The Endeavor 
Movement has become an important factor on 
this line. They unite in social prayer and song, 
are moving ont in mission work, but are silent 
on doctrine, sect or denomination. The most 
popular evangelists now go out and preach con- 
version, as they define it, independent of any 
church. Dr. David Swing, deceased, of Chicago, 
was expelled from the Presbyterian church for 
heresy years ago. He at once began to preach 
for what he oalled " The People's Chnroh." Dr. 
Talmage recently published a sermon in which 
he denounced in strong language the idea of 
sect or denomination. 

I bid the reader to mark the distinction be- 
tween the theory just named and the teaching 
of Christ and the apostles. Christ built a church, 
gathered a body of believers, and took oare of 
them. In his last prayer he said, "None of 
them is lost, but the son of perdition." Paul 
was a member of the body of Christ called " this 
sect." To do any work of merit it is necessary 
to effect an organization. To illustrate the olose- 
neas of this union, the following figures are em- 
ployed: "In whom all the building fitly framed 
together;" "quickened us together with Christ;" 
"and hath raised ns np together and made us 
sit together." " For by one Spirit are we all bap- 
tized into one body." 

Dear brethren, we are in the very midst of a 
heated oonflict. I bid you " fight the good fight 
of faith." " Beware lest any man spoil you 
through philosophy or vain deceit." " He that 
pnrgeth himself from these, he shall be a vessel 
unto honor, sanctified and meet for the Master's 



A FEW ITEMS. 

BY J. T. MYEBB. 



Mobe than a year ago we read statements in 
some of the leading journals looking toward the 
introduction of individnal Communion cups on 
Oommnnion days, in the different ohurohes. Of 
course we considered such a thing possible, but 
hardly probable. To-day's Philadelphia Inquir- 
er, dated Deo. 27, 1894, oontains the statement 



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that the Eighteenth Street Methodist Episcopal 
chnroh in Philadelphia has recently adopted 
the individual Communion cup for Communion 
purposes. The membership of the church that 
adopted thiB new custom is said to be over seven 
hundred. The pastor of the ohurch is the Ksv. 
Charles A. Adamson, Ph. D. The oppoaers t<i 
this new and strange cnstom had a circular 
published and freely distributed, protesting 
against the fantastic custom. The following is 
what the pastor had to say, according to the 
Inquirer, when interviewed on the circular: 
" Yes, I have seen the circular, and I regret very 
much that it was published, but I must decline 

to say anything at all ■• The people of 

the church, however, says the Inquirer, had this 
tossy: "There were some who did not approve 
of the innovation and protested, but the great 
majority of the congregation looked on the mat- 
ter with a common-sense view. The issuance of 
the oircular was a very foolish move, and it has 
made Dr. Adamson more friends than ever. 
There are about seven hundred members to the 
church, and I do not think there are a doz™ 
who approve of the opposition. The attempt 
to oreate discord will die a natural death." 

From what we have copied from the Inquirer 
it will be observed that the congregation almost 
unanimously takes to the individual Communion 
cup innovation. Think of it, a Communion cup 
for each member! In other words, seven huudrel 
Communion oups for seven hundred members. 
What a picture of Christian inconsistency to 
look atl And yet these fastidious divines, who 
indulge in these innovations, and innovations, 
too, that have neither good reason nor Scripture 
in their favor, are continually preaching the 
doctrine that the world is getting better, that 
we are on the eve of the millennium, that day 
of days when "all shall know the Lord from the 
least to the greatest." 

To the trifling and giddy the individual Com- 
munion cup and the popular doctrine that the 
world is getting better, may have a peouliar 
fascination; but, surely, to. the more spiritual 
and Scripture taught and guided it will appear 
quite different. "The plea made for the indi- 
vidual Communion oup and its final adoption," 
says the Inquirer writer, "wbb the faot that 
danger of spreading disease germs lay in the 
common Communion oup, and hence the trustees 
decided to adopt the individual service. Sops- 
rate onps were accordingly purchased and the 
new system was given a trial." What a flimsy 
sad far-fetched argument to justify the novel 
custom, not to say a word of the utter incompati- 
bility of the practice with anything Christ or 
his apostles ever taught or praotioed. 

It occurs to ns that in making the shocking 
change referred to, printed directions might 
as well have been put on the cups forbidding 
parents kissing their children, or children their 
parents, however much they loved eaoh other, 
leBt disease germs of some kind be spread and 
oommunicated from one to the other. Barely 
it does not require the wisdom of the philosopher 
to decipher the signs of the times, when such 
grave and shocking departures from the Truth 
ate made, by the professed followers of the Lord 
Jeans. We close our now passing remarks on 
the iniquitous and unheard-of innovation in the 
words of the great seer on Patmos, " How long, 
1/ord, how long?" 



carefnl preparations for the delivery of his ser- 
mon, his memory from some cauae or other 
failed him in recalling the particular point he 
wished to dwell upon. Halting for a moment 
and still the thought not recurring to his mind, 
he said in his own characteristic manner, " Bred- 
ren, do pint I wished to make dropped out, clean 
out of de memory, but one thing I remembers 
I's bound for de kingdom." 

The colored preacher evidently had a definite 
aim in his preaching; and so ought every preach- 
er to have, and to lose sight of that aim is to 
miscarry the very function of the Christian min- 
istry. Preachers are excusable in certain cases 
for not knowing what they ought to know, but 
no preacher is excusable for the lack of one 
of the manifest qualifications in preaching auc- 
cessfully the Gospel of Christ, namely that of 
a burning, personal love for souls; and if the 
preacher is, first of all, " bound for the king- 
dom " himeelf, his thirst for sonls will be nat- 
ural. Whether therefore our preaohing is unto 
edification or unto salvation, the personal love 
for sonls must not be ignored. " Bound for the 
kingdom" not only meant more earnestness in 
preaching with the oolored preacher, but objec 
tivity as well and that obj activity was heaven 
for his own soul and heaven for the Bonis of his 
hearers. 

Beloved fellow preachers of the Gospel of 
Christ, let us seek after greatar proficiency and 
tffisiency in preaching the unsearchable riches 
of His kingdom; but in our seeking nfter these 
qualifications, let our preaching ever impress our 
hearers that we are "boundgfor the kingdom;" 
then will our hearers also likely become " bound 
for the kingdom." 

Oaks, Pa. 



Notes from Our Correspondents. 



We once heard of a oolored preacher who gave 
Doth thought and study to his discourses and 
seldom lost sight of, or forgot the particular 
Pomti he wished to make and emphasis. On 

ertaln occasion, however, though be had made 



White Oak, Pa —In a recent correspondence in 
Gospel Messenger No. 50, page 796, of last 
volume, please read oolaborer instead of resident 
minister — Hiram Oibble. 

Bethel, Kans.— Bro. N. F. Brubaker, the home 
minisler, eommenoed meetings Jan. 6 at the Lib- 
erty schoolhonse and continued one we6S. The 
meetings closed with a full house and good inter- 
est. We hope the good seed sown may bring 
forth much fruit in due season.— J. B. Miller, 
Jan. IS. 

Bound Chorea, Do.— We met in regular quarterly 
oounoil Jan. 5, There was not much business 
on hand but all waB disposed of in harmony with 
the Word of God. The church decided to paint 
and repair the churohhouse inside and out. This 
is right, for the house of God should be a pure, 
clean and nndefiled place to worship in. The 
church has liberally given aid for Western BLtr\ 
era and missionary work and a surplus for do- 
mestic expenses. Five ohurch letters were grant- 
ed and four members were reoeived by leitrr. — 
Albert J. Smith, Adrian, Mo., Jan. 13 

Adrian, Ho.— Jan. 7 brethren Leonard Clark. 
Levi Stutsman, W. H, Saul and the writer left 
our homes for the Cedar Oonnty ohurch, Cedar 
Co., Mo. We arrived at Bro. Duncan's Jan. 9 and 
commenced meetings same evening in the Bap- 
tist church in Jericho. Although the congrega- 
tions were not large, owing to the very cold 
weather, yet the interest was excellent. Meet- 
ings closed Sunday, Jan. 18. One tender Iamb 
was added to the fold. We were here in October 
aud he'd two weeks' meetings, when three were 
made happy in Christ. I never met more loving 
members than here. We bespeak for them a 
prosperous future. — W. H. Miller. 



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THE JF1RE BURNS LOW ON THE HEARTH. 



How bright was the happy home circle 
That gathered in years that are gone, 
When the tolls of the day were all ended 
Each night round the cheery hearthstone 
And the glittering waves of the firelight 
Shone out with a gladness for all, 
And lit up the f ices ol loved ones 
Whose shadows were cast on the wall. 



Tls broken, — that hippy home circle, 
And hushed are the voices of mirth. 
They are gone,— all the loved and the dear o 
The fire burns low on the hearth. 
How swest was the sound of their voices 
When all of that once happy throng 
United around the old hearthstone 
To join In the praises of song: 
And gently the gleam of the firelight 
Its radiance shed soft over all, 
As humbly In prayer they are kneeling 
While shadows bend low on the wall. 



Hovrdn 



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cheery fireside 
. And sad Is the heart now alone, 

While the old-fashioned clock on the mantel 
Ticks out with its slow-measured tone, 
And the fluttering, glimmering embers 
Shine dimly and faint as they fall 
On the hearth where the loved ones once gathered 
Whose shadows are missed on the wall. 
Hofe t Fla. 



A MISSIONARY LETTER. 

BY W. B 8TOVEB, 

It is with growing impatienoe that I remain in- 
dosrs, waiting till the doctor says the word that 
will give ma the privilege of going out and abont 
again. Jnet one or two days yet, but they seem 
so long. Almost two weeks have passed sinoe I 
have been out. Had quite a serioaa attack of the 
fever, bnt now it has left me. We oalled in a 
second physician one day when the fever was at 
its worBt. All things work together for good, and 
we praise the Lord. 

While I was lying ill, the sad news oame that 
Mrs. Barrell, the wife of the Baptiit minister here 
had suddenly died. They had been married just 
about one year. After her child waa born, she 
became sleepiees, fever was on, and in about a 
week the end came. She was buried the day 
ef cor she died, at about 7:30 in the miming. Her 
early home was in Kansas Oity. 

Funerals, as well as most public day-services, 
are held quite early in the morning, or late in the 
afternoon, in India, to avoid the heat of the sun. 
On Sunday morning the preaching services are at 
eight o'clock, and in the evening at six. Supper 
comes after service then, on Sunday evening. 
This is the usual cnstom in Bombay. It may not 
be so all over this country. 



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January 29, 1895, 



We cannot report much progress yet. Our 
oilier effort daring the past two weeks was to get 
on onr feet again. And now we hope to resume 
onr efforts in pushing about to fiod the point 
where God has designed our work to be. Onr in- 
formation, thns far, has been gathered from cor- 
respondence and personal interviews. "We have 
not visited at all yet. Among the qeveral fields 
waiting, as it were, for our occnpjing, we have 
gathered the following facte about Cccch Bohar: 

1. It is said to be healthful. 

2, The Fi^jah's manager is an earnest Christian, 
and he will do all he can to help commence a 
mission here. 

3 There are many students In the town, and 
the maneger of the boarding department in con- 
nection with the college is a Christian. 

4. There are many thousands of aborigines in 
the district These are especially ae.c;ssible 
the Gospel. 

5. A new railroad has jnst been completed 
there. It is about 350 miles north 'of Oaloutta, 
and near to Derj*eling ; 

6. We would be the fifth missionary for 9000 
000 people. 

7. It is a semi-independent province, and as 
yet no missionaries have located there. 

Be three thiBgs as they may, we shall not enter 
upon a hurried decision. 

As we look upon the great fields of the spiritu- 
al harvest ready for the eickle, all round about ua 
everywhere, what a deep longing comes over us, 
for the day when the name of the Lord shall fill 
the earth. O, that these darkened 6ouls might be 
radiant with the truth of Christ! Poor men! 
Poor women ! Poor children! No one came to tell 
them the Glad Tidings for so long; now they 
hesitate to believe it. Poor souls. To work, to 
sleep, to eat a little, to die, — this is the end of 
life, this is its fullest hope. O, if I were a thou- 
sand men, nine hundred and ninety nine of them 
would be foreign missionaries! 

Beloved in the Lord, aa the sun comes up with 
yon, he is setting with us. Remember when yon 
look upon the beautiful morning sun, at that 
same moment he is setting in India, and thou- 
sands of India's sons are worshiping him. O, 
that we could point them beyond the sun. Bat, 
He has promised, and it shall be dots. 

I did not get to say all I intended in my article 
for the Visiter, " Our first week in India," so I 
tell the rest of it here. 

The native ox-cart is a study. Two oxen are 
generally hitohed to it, snd the tongue is double, 
coming to a point in front. The neck-yoke lies 
on top of the necks of the cxen. The ycke does 
not slip back as we would expect, for the cxen 
have humpB which keep it in place. In addition 
to this, the driver always sits astride the tongne. 
If the driver wants his team to go faBter, he preds 
them in the stomach with his bare toes and slape 
them on the back with hiB fists. When he wants 
them to turn, he pushes one ahead of the other. 
Indeed his team never seems to think of running 
off. 

The lowest thing we have yet seen is in eonnec 
tion with the women. Day after day the women 
and girls of the lowest castes may be seen in the 
streets gathering up the dung of cattle in their 
hands. There are two uses made of this. It is 
dried and used for fuel among the lowest, Women 
may be seen occasionally carrying on their heads 
large baskets full of the dried material. Another 
use is made of it before it is dried. With water it 
is used for scrubbing the native earthen floor. It 
is said in this capacity to have really disinfectant 
properties, besides not being at all unpleasant 
when dry. 

It is now about five o'clock, and the thermome- 
ter registers 80'. The windows of the house are 



large and open all the time. There is never need 
for fire. The cooking is done quite to the rear 
of the house, so that the heat is never felt within. 
We can get ice if we wish, but it is not bo com- 
pact as at home, and melts quickly. 

To our apartments the Messenger and other 
papers find hearty welcome once a week. I wish 
so much that the Hissiona-y Visitor would come 
oftener. May I suggest to our dear brethren and 
sisters at home that as many as are interested in 
the Visitor, and would like to see it a monthly in- 
stead of a quarterly as it now is, write a postal 
card to the Secretary, and tell him so. Tell 
him, too, how much you are in earnest about the 
matter. How many subscribers will your con- 
gregation afford if the Visitor is made a monthly 
at its present price? 

I was pleased with Bro. Moore's editorial in 
the last Messenger, "More Preaching and lees 
Traveling." If those dear brethren who are well- 
to-do would do their preaching among the poor 
churches and where there are no organized 
chnrchep, then those who are less well-tc-do 
would stand a batter chance, for a poor man must 
do his work among the larger churches. Bro. 
Giah sets a good example. 

When we read in the letters and papers, ever 
welcome, of cold and storm and snow, we can 
then realize that Christmas is so near. It will 
not seem like Christmas, with the grass green 
and the trees all full of leavef. 

The people all move so slowly. Ono American 
at home does as much as three or four of the na- 
tives here. They move along the street aa if they 
were afraid they might get to their destination 
too soon. And W6 must move slowly too. Great 
care must be taken in this direction. Care must 
be taken at every turn. We must wear light 
flannel underclothing. No draft of air may draw 
over you. The sun dare not shine on your head 
a minute. All the water to drink Dsust firat be 
boiled. The milk must be boiled, even before 
making butter. We have not seen any snakes 
yet, except in the hampers of snake-charmers go- 
ing about the town. On the whole, India is not 
s bad country to live in, and we confidently ex- 
pect to enjoy our missionary life here. 

Missionary life is generally looked upon es be- 
ing so full of riek to life. Thus far we do not 
regard it bo. The firat is the sea voyage, " terri- 
ble and dangerous." But it is not so bad. Com- 
paratively few accidents occur at sea. Propor- 
tionately less are the lives lost by sea than by 
railroad travel. Barring a little seasickness, I 
regard a sea voyage as a desirable thing. Were 
I given my choice between taking n trip overland 
from Nea? York to San Francisco, and over sea 
from Brindisi to Bombay, I think I'd take the 
sea, except in the monsoon season, though it take 
twice as long. 

As one parses along the street of a city like 
this, he can not help studying the faces of the 
many whom he meets. Borne are so forlorn look- 
ing, so dejeoted, so hopeless. Their very faces 
plainly say : " No Okriat here." Others are bright 
and intellectual looking, with full foreheads and 
well-chiseled features. Some of the natives are 
intensely ignorant, others are finely educated, — 
except morally. People generally live from day 
to day here. That is, nothing of any conee- 
ica in the line of eatables is kept on hand, 
but every morning some one is sent to the market 
for the day's rations. This is done because of 
the oiimate. If visitore Bhould come for a meal 
without giving notice beforehand, things would 
) quite disarranged. 

Bat the saddest and most striking observation 
of all is the spiritual need, the absolute Ohrist- 
lessness of the people of India. The missions 
have been doing good, but so few are they among 



the many millions here. Pray God for the day 
when many Brethren shall be gathering the 
sheaves in the harvest fields of India, and of all 
the world. 
Bombay, Dec. 17. 

MISSION RECEIPTS FOR DECEHBEK, 1891 



(£gr Should there be any amount sent In during the month 
that Is not herein acknowledged, please notify the Secretary 
immediately, giving amount, date of sending, and how sent. 
Corrections for this month, if any, will appear in connection 
with next month's report. Usually, amounts mailed after 
the 2Sth of a month appear in the following month's report. 

HOME AND EUROPEAN PDND. 



Ohio. — North Star church, S5; a sis- 
ter, Munson, SI; Elijah. Horn, Bose- 
ville, S5; Wolf Greek ohuroh, $4 20; 
Loramie's church, $1.65; Price's Creek 
church $5 25; E. Nimishillen, $9 67; 
Newton ohuroh, $16; Lower Stillwa- 
ter ohuroh, 818.70; Noah Longanecker, 
Hartville, $106; a sister, Fremont, 60 
cents; Joseph Koller, Somerdale, 75 
oents; Sugar Creek chnroh, Allen Coun- 
ty, $31 S6; Peter Neff, Eageraville, $2; 
Anna Garver, Bsgersville, $1; Sisters' 
Missionary Society of West Dayton 
church, S3 60; total $ 106 54 

Maryland. — Manor church, S5.78; 
Besver Creek church, S6.24; Brownsville 
church, S10; Broadfcrding, $4.64; a sis- 
ter, S30; total, S 56 66 

Indiana. — Nettle Creek church, SI 60; 
a brother and siuter, Saline City, S5; 
Solomon's Greek chnroh, $13.37; Lydia 
Lsndis, Flora, 87 oents; Eliza Jorden, 
Flora, 65 cents; Eliza A. Baxter, Bour- 
bon, 25 cents; Middle Fork church, 
$5.10; Lydia Shewman, Bath, $5; Wal- 
nut church, $125; Barbara Lint, Bour- 
bon, S4; Union churoh, $245; a brother 
and sister, SI; Baeeoon ohurch, $10; 
total, $ 54 34 

Pennsylvania — G.'M. Kreps, McYey- 
town, 50 cents; Summit church, S5.26; 
Nathan Hoffman, Pottstown, S 10; D. D. 
Horner and wife, SI; Spring Greek 
church, $10; Cumberland ohuroh, S7.62; 
Sarah Ann Boor, Yellow Greek, 50 cents; 
total S 34 87 

Ioiea. — Mary Bmmert, Mt. Yernon, 
$1; Fairview church, 40 cents; Cedar 
County church, $418; Eoglhh Biver 
ohurch, 810 86; Grundy Centre church, 
$6 26; Flora O. Moore, Ivester, 8 cents; 
Mrs. D. W. Baughman, Pulaski, Slj 
Mrg. S. B. Stonerook, Clarence, $1; 
Pleasant Hill church, $1.25; Mrs. Mary 
Wilson, Belle Plaine, $5; Wm. Stutes- 
mau and wife, Muscatine, $2; A. M. 
Stntesman and wife, Muscatine, $1; 
total, -..$ 34 03 

TTatisas.— John Howeon, La Clede, 
SI; Bamona church, 67 oentB; Yerdigria 
church, $2 01; Scott Yalley church, $1; 
Centre church, 85 cents; Newton church, 
$1.70; Louisa Wilson, Harper, 60 cents; 
brother and sister Peterson, Johnstown, 
$1.50; Mary 0. Mohler, Clyde, $1; Carl 
Anderson, Enterprise, $4; total, S 14 23 

Illinois. — Lanark church, $10; Levi 
Burd, Byron, 40 cents; Mrs. 3. A. Brn- 
baker, S3; total, S 13 40 

Virginia. — Mary O. Shaver, Mt. Ol- 
ive, 52 oents; Francis Wakeman, Z5 
cents; a brother, SI; Boanoke church, 
$3.37; a brother, Bridgewator, $2; Peach 
Grove church, $2 25; Sarah C. Painter, 



January 29, 1898. 



TBil ' PEL MESSENGER 



Trenton Mills, S3 50; total, § 12 89 

Missouri— Mound church, S8; Wa- 
canda churoh, S3 15; D. 0. Hardman, 

Hamilton, SI; total, § 12 15 

West Virginia.— German Settlement 
church, Si 10; Di7id Horner, Gillespie, 
SI 60; Mary A. Williams, Frankford, 
§140; Mrs. Katharine Boys, lookout, 

82 40; total, § g i0 

Tennessee — Ettob Oraek chnrch, S5 20; 

total § 5 20 

Oregon —Salem chnrch, $2 65; total, . .$ 2 65 
Arizona.— Glendora ohnrch, S205; to- 
tal, •■' S 2 05 

Miehigan-J. 0. Bigler, SI 25; total, . .$ 1 25 
Nebraska. — Sophia Smith, Central 

Oily, SI; total, $ i 00 

Colorado. — Nancy D. Underbill, 25 
cents ; total § 25 

2° tal S 360 91 

MI88TONABY AND TBAOT FUND. 
( VHdfir <ith<r Mi„,i„, „, Trad Work a, ,,,« l.y „„ 

Pennsylvania — Eik Lick ohnrch 
89.87; Shade Greek chnrch, S18 60; 8am 
nel Hoffman, Soalp Level, S10; total S 38 37 

Ohio — Samuel Neher, West Cairo, 
810; a brother and sister, Springfield 
81; a brother, SI; total, 

Kansas — A brother and sister, Over 
brook, S10; total 

Illinois —Yellow Creek church.. SI 76 
Joseph A, Price, Ht. Morris, SI; total, 

Iowa— Kiagsley chnrch, St 40; total,. 

Maryland — Frederick City ohnrch 
St 12; total 

Virginia — Green Monnt church, S2 
total 



BOOK AND TBAOT FUND. 
( V„d mly for Publication and DUlribnlion of Tract,. ) 

Ohio. — A sister, Munaon, 81; Upper 
Still Water chnrch S6 70; Wolf Creek 
church, $2 75; Price's Creek church, 
S3 50; O.vl Creek chnrch, S2 18; Abh- 
land chnrch, $1.13; Sandy church, $5; 
Loa-ar Stillwater ohnrch, §645; Sis- 
tars' Missionary Society of West Day- 
ton chnrch, S3 50; total '..... S 32 21 

Pennsylvania. — A brother, Bridgewa- 
ter, $1; D. D. Horner and wife, $1; 
Spring Creek chnrch, S5; total, S 7 00 

Illinois — Mt. Carroll chnrch, $5.75; 
total ...$ 5 75 

West Virginia —German Settlement 
church, S3 47; total S 3 47 

Missouri— Mound church, $1,40; Wa- 
canda church, SI 95; total S 3 35 

Ir-wj— English Biver church, S3 25; 
total $ 3 25 

Canada, — George Hoasack, Lea3k- 
dale, S2; total, $ 2 00 

Kansas.— Centre ohnrch, S1.45; total, .$ 1 45 

'fotftl, $ 58 48 

INDIA MISSION FUND. 
( U„d „„& for the Minim in India.) 

Indiana.— Nettle Creek church, $1.25; 
Solomon's Creek chnrch, $10 80; Lydia 
Landia, Flora, 88 cent*; Eliz» Jorden, 
Flora, 75 cents; Mary B-iff, Flora, 
S1.25; Arcadia church, $2 05; Bnck Creek 
churoh, S5 25; Elizs A. Baxter, Bonr- 
bon, 25 cents; Middle Fork ohnrch, $7; 
tyois Showman, Bath, $5; Union Cen- 
tre chnrch, $818; Whitehead chnroh, 
Union Centre congregation, $6; Wm. 



D. Leetz, Pierceton, S3; Birbara Lint, 
Bourbon, S2; Turkey Creek chnrch, 
S9 83; a brother and sister, SI; Etta El- 
bou, Fairfield Centre, $1; Union Centre 
chnrch, $2 40; Maria Howell, GreentowD, 
52 cents; Elkhart churoh, S6 81; Solo- 
mon's Creak church, $11 71; Kick Ran 
cirareb, S3 85; Pleasant Valley chnrch, 
S3.25; Bethel chnrch, $2 75;" Porta;- 

Prairie church, S2 15; total, ' 

Pennsylvania. — Unknown, Ephrata, 
SI; Naiv Enterprise church, $17,79; Ac- 
tietaai church, $11,15; a brother and 
ts-o sisters, $1 75; Mary Eeiff, Centre 
Square, S2; Sipseville church, Qaema- 
honing congregation, S5; D. D. Hornev 
and wife, S2; Spring Greek chnroh, $5 
toW 



$ 102 96 



Olio — Portage church, $7.59; Eliza 
N. Barb, Oakfisld, 60 cents; Auglaizs 
Ohspe!, S3.64; White Oak church, 81 60; 
a sister, Mansion, $1; Eiijih Horn, Eose- 
vilie, S3; Covington ohnrch, $12.60; 
Midlle Bracch church, 75 coats; Jemi- 
ma Wo.'kman, Londonville, $1; Silver 
Creek church, $4 55; a brother, Moga- 
dore, $l;a sister, Fremont, 50 cento; a 
brother, 81; Simon Hsrsaman, New 
Hope, SI; cola! g 

Kansis.— B>ck Orsek ohnrch, 85 04; 
Sabdtha ohnrch, 812 75; a brother, Wash- 
ington, 50 cents; a brother and sister, 
Overbrook, 85; a sister, Edgerton, 81; 
John Howson, LsOlede, SI; total, 8 

Missouri — Mineral Creek ohnrch, 
813 40; Wscar,ds church, 81; Centre View 
Sunday school, 85; tots! g 

Nebraska.— D. Vasey, Liberty, $1; 
Ooiavia Sunday echoo), §2 60; J. E. 
Young, Beatrice, 8140; Silver Lake 
ohnrch, 8776; total, 8 

Ioivi.— M. Snyder, Eldora, $3 50; Ju- 
venile class o£ Fairview Sunday school, 
30eente; Panther Orsek ohnrch, 83 65; 
Bebeces O. Miller, Brooklyn, §5; total,.. $ 

Florida. — D. L. Mohler and wife, 
WBuchula, 810; total, 8 

Virginia. — Valley chnrch, St 40; a 
brother, $2; a trother, Bridgewater, 82; 
total 8 

DC. — Thanksgiving, Washington 
City chnrch, 83 79; tots!,... S 

Maryland —David Biddinger, Acci- 
dent S3; Broadfordmg, church, 81.50; 
total 8 

Colomdo. — A few members, Monte 
Vista church, 82 50; Susan 0. Pickle, 
Holyoke, 2j cents; total, § 

Arizona — Glendora ohnrch, 83.05; to- 



.$ 45 96 



12 45 
10 00 



sen, Johnstown, 81; Emma Carstensen, 
Johnstown, SI; Ssllie 0. Eeiff, Yerkes, 
83; Mrs. Becoa Peniz, 25 cents; a broth- 
er, si; D. D. Horner and wife, 85; MrB. 
Oiler, Waynesborocgh, 81; total, 8 

Illinois.— Lanark chnrch, 815; Hud- 
Bon ehnreh, 83.40; Sisters' Sewing Cir- 
cle, Mt. Morris, 810; Phebe Moore, Mt. 
Morris, 81; a sister, Mt. Morria. SI; to- 
tal, | 

Ohio.— 8. and A. S. DsGroff, 85.60; 
Abiam Harry, Cairo, $1; L. O. Weisel, 
Cairo, 81; J. B. Clapper and wife, 82; 
Dmiel Miller, 81.25; Jacob Heeatand, 60 
cents; Anthony Onlp, 25 aents; a sister, 
Mcinson, 81; Elijah Horn, Eoseville, 85; 
J. J. Beeghly and wife, Ashland, 810; 
Mrs. I. H Eosenberger, Townwood, 85; 
Louisa Davidson, Canterbury, 81; a 
brother, SI; total, 8 

Virginia. — Churches of Botetourt 
County, 810 25; Beaver Creek churoh, 
$5 25; n brother, 82; Greeamount church, 
S5; a sister, Stony Man, 52 cent's; total,. .S 

Indiana— J. G. Siinebr.ugh, Flora, 
81; a brother and sister, West Point, 81; 
a Biver chnroh, 89 64; Eld. Samuel 
Murray and wife, Mexico, 81; Isidor 
Wolte, 82; Adarnsborongh church, 82; 
Anna Do wniag, Cambridge City, 25 cents ; 
Richard and Mary Cunningham, New 
London, 8125; O. M. B, 81; total S 

West Virginia —German Settlement 
church, 87.67; a few members, Green- 
land ohuroh, 85; total $ 

Mart/huii.— Brownsville church, §11; 
total s 

New Jersey— 3. H. Stayer, Camden, 
810; total § 

California,— Six Pasadeniane, §5; A. 
W. Fnnk, Glendora, 81; total, 8 

Kansas.— A brother, Washington, 50 
cents; a brother and sister, Overbrook, 
85; box 161, Oaney, 25 oents; total, 8 

loua —Mary Emmert, Mt. Vernon, 
81; Fairview church, S3; A. E. Buck, 
Spirit Lake, 50 cents; total 8 



19 14 

12 67 
11 00 

10 00 
6 00 

5 75 

4 50 



Total, 



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Mt. Morris, 
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Pennsylvania — Unknown, Ephrata, 
81; unknown, 40 cents; First Brethren 
chnrch of Philadelphia, SiOO; May Mi'- 
ler, Somerset, 83; Emma Hanger, 82; 
Kate Johnson, 81; I. 0. Johnson, 81; 
Ijydis Bhrook, 81; Jacob's Creek chnrch, 
815; 54sr; E jiff, Centre Square, §2; Frank 
J. Evans and wife, Lancaster, 82; Su- 
san Hoiaopplo, Geiatown, 81; Noah 
Hoffman, Elton, 81; Andrew Oarsten- 



Homo and European Fnnd, 8 360 91 

Mission and Tract Fund, S 76 65 

Tract Fond, s 58 48 

Icdia Fund, s 290 27 

Washington City Meetinghouse 8 304 63 

Interest from Mission Endowment Notes, $ 115 90 

Int .._ ; from Tract Endowment Notes,. 8 254 95 

Interest from Loans of Miss, Fnnd S 10 CO 



Total Receipts for the month, $1,471 19 

Total number of tracts sent out during Decem- 
Galen B. Roieb, Seo 



bcr,- 14,034 



Upon the height of Mt, Lebanon, in Syria- 
Palestine appears now a daily paper in the Ara- 
bic laDirnago, called Ha-Areiz, "the earth or 
the land." The district counts 20.000 sonls, and 
supports a daily paper. This sounds somewhat 
too civil z^d for chat part of the world. The 
Ha-Are^z savs the Hamagid, is altogether un- 

■ i, ,t is eqaaliy devoted to all religions 

represented in that district. The press is the 
meet effective missionary of civilization. It finds 
its way hither and thither, and humanizes every- 
where. — American Israelite. 



Chbist is able to help yon, and as willing as 
he is able; prove him in every trial, put him to 
the test in your present distress." 



THE^GOSPEL MESSENGER 



Jannary 29, 



The Gospel Messenger, 

A Weekl? «.t 31.50 Psr tonum. 
The Brethren's Publishing Co. 



D. L. MILLER, Mount Morris, 111., ) Editors. 

H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Huntingdon, Pa., ( 

J. H. MOORE, OK" E <" t <"'- 

J. B. Bbumbaugh,) Associate Editors. 

J. G. RoviR, ) 

JOSEPH AMICK, Business Manager 



be pabliihid. 

lor publication. Keep yoor 

irae to attend to business lad 
aee do cot subject ui to need 



L. W. Teeter, laoch Iby, Daniel Ha' 

^-Communications for publication should be le£ 
twaok ink on on© aide oi tbe paper o-lv. Do rot sttec 
to pat ca one pace what ought to occupy two. 

tir*AaCDyraous communications will ct 

ET*Do net mis business wltb article 
communications on separate ibeete irom ; 

say-Time !b precloca. We always bare 
to answer Questions oi Importance, but p] 
iees acswerlcg ol letters. 

cyThe KBSSBKGSa lo called each week to all sabacribers. !! the ad. 
dress Is correctly entered on our list, tbe pape: avast reach tbe person to 
whom it Is addressed. Ii you da not get your paper, write ce, slvias par- 
dculars. 

jy When changdaj your aadrera. rieasr give your former as well as 
worn ratara address in roll, so as to sroid delay and misunderstanding. 

taw- Always reralt to tbe office from wbiob yoo order yoar goods, CO 
matter from where yoa receive thera. 

gay-Do cot send persoaal checks or drafts oa laterlor banks, unless yoe 
nead with them as cents each, to pay lor collection. 

t_y-Remlttanccs should be made by Post-office tdoney Ordei, Drafts 
on New York, Philadelphia or Chicago, or Registered Letters, made pay- 
able aad addressed to "Brethren's Publishing Co., Mount Morris, 111.," 
or " Bretbrea's publishing Co., Huntingdon, Pa." 

tyEntered at tbe Post-office at Mount Morris, 111., as iecoad-clasc 



Mount Morris-. 111., 



Jan. 29, 1895 



Thebe are a few hundred congregations in the 
Brotherhood that contribute nothing to the Gen- 
eral Missionary fund. We would like each elder 
to aik himself, whether hie congregation is among 
the number. A little encouragement upon the 
part of all onr elders and ministers would soon 
swing every congregation into the line of giving. 

Bbo George Wobst, of Ashland, Ohio, sa;s 
he thinks one report of a meeting is enough, and 
that spaoe in the paper ought not to be taken up 
in giving two and even more reports of the same 
meeting. In this he i6 right. We wish each 
church had her regular correspondent, who alone 
would send the news, and be sure to send it, 
and these duplicated reports would not appear. 
Handling so many reports from all parts of the 
Brotherhood, we oannot keep them all in mind, 
and not infrequently pnblish two or more, where 
only one should have appeared. Bro. Worst 
says his church haB appointed her regular cor- 
respondent, and it is now expected that he alone 
will give us the news from that part of the Broth- 
erhood. This is right, and we hope other con 
gregations will do likewise. 

On account of the rain and fog the weather last 
Sunday, in Northern Illinois-, was very unfavor- 
able for meetings in the country. It fell to the 
lot of your Office Editor to fill one of the country 
appointments, and he had the pleasure of preach 
ing to three persons. We all selected a pleasant 
place near the stove, sang a few of the soDgs of 
Zion, read the Scriptures and talked of the grace 
of God and our duty and privileges as his chil- 
dren. We prayed together, feeling that our com- 
ing together was greatly blessed. The hour was 
spent pleasantly, and we trust profitably. Many 
of the services we have held in the presence of 
large assemblies have passed from our memory, 
but we shall probably never forget this little 
meeting at the Salem house, Jan. 20, 1895. A 
congregation is never too small to listen to the 
preached Word, nor can the number be too small 
to worship God aright and enjoy his promised 
blessing. 



Contributors frequently write us to return 
their manuscript when we are through with it. 
This is a very difficult request to comply with 
in a large office like this, where so much matter 
is handled. We seldom return manuscript for 
the reason that it is hardly practicable to do so. 
Those wishing to preserve their manuscript 
ihould make a copy before sending it to us. 

We are in receipt of a letter from a sister in 
the western part of Kansas, who says nothing 
was raised last year in the County where she is 
living, and that already many of the people have 
to b9 supported. Yet this sister and her mother 
SBnd one dollar each, as a donation, for the pur- 
pose of having the Messenger sent to the worthy 
pDor. The saerifies these sisters are making, for 
the purpose of having the Gospel preached to 
others, should put some people to shame. 

A writer wants us to give the history of the 
mourner's bench," saying there are a few mem- 
bers who believe in it. We are just a little sur- 
prised that any of our members should believe 
in a thing that has in its support absolutely no 
Gospel whatever. Possibly there may be one 
dozan who believe in it, certainly there cannot 
be any more, and tlieBe need to be taught the 
way of the Lord more perfectly. We cannot 
just now recall what we have read and ever pub- 
lishei cone rning the history of the " mourner's 
benoh," but it is well known to be of very mod- 
ern origin, and has no connection with true re- 
ligion whatever. If one at preaching is moved 
to weep and mourn, and feels to oall upon the 
name of the Lord for grace and pardon, no bet- 
ter place can be fonnd than that occupied in 
general with others in attendance. We need no 
" mourner's bench." The apostles had none. 

By those acquainted with the state of affairs, it 
is feared that the Waldensian oolony in North 
Carolina, will suffer much during the present 
winter. Settlement in a new country is always a 
matter of difficulty, and it is said that this is in- 
creased in this instance by the refusal of the 
colonists to adopt new methods of agricultural la- 
bor, and by their resolve to continue farming bb 
they used to in their old mountain homes. We 
have been asked for the address of the leaders in 
the colony, but at this time have no information 
more than what has been given in these columns 
from time to time. The people composing the 
colony emigrated from the noted Piedmont Val- 
ley, and bring with them customs and sentiments 
that are not American, though they may make 
good oitizena. Their religion has also become 
greBtly corrupted, and is not to be compared with 
the typ9 of Christianity prevalent in the valley 
centuries ago. 

" Lettebb have been received," says the Inde- 
pendent, " at the office of the Palestine Explora- 
tion Fund from Dr. Bliss, stating that the iron- 
bound door of Neby Daud, which had remained 
open against the wall for many years, was recent- 
ly blown down in a storm, disclosing on one of 
the stones behind it an inscription which eeems 
not to have been noticed before. It is in Latin 
and is a votive tablet to Jupiter on behalf of 
the welfare of the Emperor Trajan and the Rom- 
an people, erected by the Third Legion. Th'i 
takes us back to the time between the destruction 
of the city by Titus and the founding of aiElia 
Oapitoliua. The inscription was partly covered 
with plaster. It is built into the modern wall, 
about fifteen feet above the ground. Roman in- 
scriptions are veiy rare at Jerusalem. Aequeezi 
of it will soon be at the London office. Dr. Bliss 
haB now excavated more than n thousand feet 
along the line of the old southern wall, and has 
uncovered the foundation of several towers." 



An earnest sister at Ladoga, Ind., says she has 
a desire to do some good, so, after reading her 
Messengers she hands them around to others as 
tracts, and as a result has induced a few to be- 
come regular subscribers. Thousands of our 
readers might do likewise. If there is any good 
in the pap9r, pass it ou to others, especially to 
the poor, and thosa seeking the truth. Mail 
them to your friends, and it will be found good to 
mark the articles and items that impress you. 
Marked articles in any paper are usually read 
with interest, ____________ 

Writing to the Gsneral Mission Board, one o[ 
our Brethren in the West says: "I am impressed 
more than ever, that it is my duty to send for 
some of your tracts on the leading subjects of our 
faith and practice, and distribute them as oppor- 
tunity and my better judgment may dictate. I 
can and will do this much for the missionary 
cause, the Lord will." We oommend onr broth, 
er for his earnestness. Thousands might follow 
his example. It will be found good to always 
keep on hand a few traots to hand to those seek- 
ing more light. The Mission Board has plenty 
of good tracts and they are cheap. Order some 
and make a wise use of them. 

A brother writes to know whether it would be 
right to have an oyster supper or festival in any 
one of the Brethren's churahhouses, provided said 
entertainment ie gotten up and conducted by 
those not members. Most assuredly it would not 
b? right. The Lord certainly never intended 
that his house should be used in that way. The 
tendenoy of oyster suppers and festivals, in the 
name of religion, and in our houses of worship, 
is to oorrnpt religion and lessen our reverence 
for the house of God. To let the house out to 
those not members, does not relieve the church 
from responsibility. It simply makes the ohuroh 
a silent party to a custom that she ought to op- 
pose on every hand. Let the Brethren ohurch 
referred to give the people to understand, that 
we do not believe in church festivals for either 
making money or for mere amusement, and there- 
fore cannot permit a gathering of the kind in any 
of our houses. We are certain that we would not 
like the Lord to conio to one of our meeting- 
houses and find the place need for an oyster sup- 
per or festival. 

"The Seven Churches " is meeting with a good 
sale. It is probably generally known that the 
book belongs to the Mission Board, and that all 
the profits arising from the sale of the work go to 
the missionary cause in foreign lands. It is the 
wish of the author that it may, in some way, be 
the means of restoring primitive Christianity to 
at ieaet some of the Seven Churches of which the 
book treats. Some of the places where these 
churches once flourished are now in ruins, but 
others are not. Smyrna and Philadelphia are in 
good condition and offer inviting fields to some 
ohuroh prepared to put missionaries in them. At 
present they are not olaimed by any of the 
churches doing missionary work in foreign lands, 
and it would seem quite appropriate if the Breth- 
ren oould occupy and cultivate these fields. 
Many of our people feel interested in the sugges- 
tion, and others probably will be when they give 
it thought. At present there is in the hands of 
the Mission Board nearly six huudred dollars, ac- 
cumulated from the sales of this interesting book, 
and as the sales increase, more money will & e 
gathered to be used in carrying the Gospel to 
those who stand in need of the true light. We 
hope the time is not far distant when we shall 
have some good workers in Asia Minor, 
would afford us great pleasure to report the 
preaching of the pure Gospel in Smyrna an 
Philadelphia. 



January 29, 1896. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



73 



OUE YOTJNQ MEN AND WOKEN. 



How can we bring them np and iave them for 
the church? is one of the greatest problems that 
confront ns as a people. On its solution depends 
the future of the Brethren church. There was a 
time when the accessions made were largely from 
persons married and settled down in life. And 
surrounding oirouinstances were then, apparently, 
some excuse for such delay. Customs made rules 
for the ohurohes, as well ss for the State, and 
comparatively few were taken into fellowship by 
any of the churches until they were at least 
grown to manhood and womanhood. Of course, 
the ohnrches that received their members through 
catechetical instrnction formed an exception to 
this rule. The custom was true more especially 
of the churches which received their members on 
faith, confession and baptism. Though, in the 
earlier stages of our own church, this was neither 
a rule nor a custom, as over a century and a half 
ago there were received into fellowship of the 
ohurch persons quite young in age; but through 
the piouB family instruction given, they were ma- 
ture in Bible knowledge and judgment. How- 
ever, in later years there was a falling away of 
religions instrnction in the homes and a propor- 
tionate slowness of religions development on the 
part of the children. We are not very old, and 
yet we can remember the time when we could 
count the number of young unmarried people in 
the Brethren churoh of Middle Pennsylvania on 
our fingers. And this conld be said as truly of 
other parts of the Brotherhood. This was equal- 
ly true of all Anabaptist churches. 

But in later years there has been a very gener- 
al reformation in this respect Where this 
ohaDge had_ its origin, and whether the homes or 
the churches fostered it most, it is not necessary 
now to determine; but the change came and the 
force of circumstances makes the change essential 
to the wellbeing of the church. The fores here 
must hi interpreted in the best sense, as circum- 
stances do not always force in the right way. 

But in looking at the welfare of our young peo- 
ple in relation to the church, the question forces 
itself upon us; What have been the auxiliaries 
that have brought about this ohange? In deter- 
mining such things we sometimes take effects for 
causes. Causes are sometimes so far back, or hid- 
den, that they oan only be found by tracing back 
from the effects. In the springtime we see shoot. 
ing forth from the ground a spear of grass or 
blade of corn. To determine the oause of this 
phenomenon we must dig down in the earth until 
we find the seed in which is found the germ upon 
whioh the cause or causes operated. So it is in 
many of the changes that come. 

It is generally conceded that the introduction 
of Sunday schools has been a prominent auxiliary 
in the change that has come to us, relative to 
churoh relations; but, perhaps, on a close investi- 
gation, it would be found that the introdnction of 
the Sunday school is only the effect of a canse 
back of it. The same may be said of better home 
training and the more active work on the part of 
'he church. 

If we were to decide on education made more 
general or common, perhaps some would object 
and say that this reformation movement was 
largely on foot before the introduction of schools 
and colleges in the churoh. But when we say 
that eduoation has been the great auxiliary in 
"aging about the change, as we now have it, we 



give to the word its broadest interpretation- 
knowledge wherever and however obtained. 

Some of the things that we now have, have 
been forced upon us by an outward pressure. 
And the only thing for ns to do is to determine 
whether we did right in yielding to the pressure 
brought to bear upon ns. This pressure of cir- 
oumstanoes is no new thing. The Lord used 
these pressures with his people through ali the 
ages, And many of the reformations made were 
not things of choice on the part of the people, 
but brought about through the force of surround- 
ing oirenmstances. So it has been with the 
churoh of tc-day. 

The introduction of religions papers was not 
from the voice and call of the church, bnt the 
force,— pressure,— of ciroumstanoea brought to 
bear againEt ns and seen by the few. A gradual 
yielding to this pressure soon made it manifest 
that it was a power for good ; and do any of you 
think where we would be to-day, had we not util- 
ized this power? 

The Sunday school was not the voice and wish 
of the church. The outside pressure forced us to 
accept it. The Sunday school became a fixed in- 
stitution,— a lost power of the Brethren church, — 
and our children wonld go, and there learn the 
Scriptures as taught by these schools. And the 
point for decision on the part of the church was 
If our children must go to Sunday schools, why 
not have them of our own and have the Scrip- 
tures taught as we believe and understand them? 
We all now say this was a wiBe decision, and the 
fruits have been very satisfactory. 

The same is true of our schools as we now have 
them, and the grave question is: Are the fruits 
satisfactory ? The test, as yet, has been too short 
to arrive at a full decision. But we have had a 
small beginning and the general tendencies may 
be seen. What have been the effects, as seen in 
the lives of our young people and their relation 
to the church? This is something that we should 
look at carefully and without prejudice. 
Years ago one of onr ministers held a meeting 
one of onr strong churches in whose member- 
ship there was a large number of young sisters, 
and in speaking of the meeting he said: "When 
I looked at these yonng and devoted sisters and 
then at their wild and profligate brothers I was 
made to weep. The thought came to me, Where 
will these young sisters get husbands? Must 
they indeed marry such ruffians as these young 
men are, — and they Brethren's children?" He 
said, to him it was a dark picture. They had 
wealth and brains, but lacked common senee and 
culture, snoh as a good education gives. And he 
decided then and there that the church must 
have schools where our young people can be edu- 
cated and cultured under influences that will lead 
them to the Truth and the church. It was a dark 
picture, indeed, that he gave of these young men, 
And as such pictures were being reprodno°d, in 
places, all over the Brotherhood, we too were 
deeply impressed with the thought of what would 
become of our young men, and how the church 
was to be perpetuated. 

Since then years have oome and gone, one school 
after another has been established, until now we 
have them well located from the Atlantic to the 
Pacific, and thousands of our young men, breth- 
n and sisters, have been schooled in them. 
And now for some of the fruits. Did they all 
do well? No; we sorry to say that some did bad- 



ly and some made shipwreck of the faith. But 
we are glad to say that a very large per cent of 
them did well, and many of them are now among 
the most active workers of the ohnrch,— superin- 
tendents and teachers in our Sunday schools, 
leaders in the prayer meetings, Bible class teach- 
ers, ministers, missionary workers, and three of 
them in India. 

Ae to the individual church referred to, a few 
years later a half dozen of these young men at- 
tended one of onr schools. Four of them united 
with the church while there, and returned home 
in their right mind?. There they became leaders 
among the young people, a revival commenced 
and the greater number of these young men unit- 
ed with the church, and a most glorions change 
was made.iu the moral and religion! standard of 
that community. And had our good brother re- 
turned to that church a few years later, we are 
sure that his tears of sorrow wonld have been 
changed to tears of re j dicing. 

And as we look at the noble army of our young 
men and women, brethren and sisters, who are 
now attending our schools, enjoying the advan- 
tages of preaching eervioes and Bible classes eaoh 
Sunday, the mid-week prayer meeting and the 
large number in the daily Bible classes, we are 
impressed with the thought that surely some 
good must come out of all this Bible thinking 
and Bible teaching that is given in connection 
with the literary work. 

If the ohurch is to be perpetuated, the material 
must come from the ranks of our own young men 
and women. And for them to do this, the prep- 
aration must be started early in life. They must 
have developed in them the power to receive, to 
live and to give the Truth in its primitive simplici- 
ty and power. This power is given alone through 
a liberal Christian education, whether given in the 
home, the private study, the common schools or 
in the colleges. And much depends on the full- 
ness and character of it and the attending influ- 
ences. These young men and women, dear breth- 
ren and sisters, are our children, given for the 
church and for the Jjord. By giving here a little 
and there a little we are starting them in the way 
they shall go. For what are we training them? 
It seems to ns that there are grand possibilities 
before the fathers and mothers of the church to- 
day. Will we use them to the good of our chil- 
dren and the perpetuation of the church ? Think 
seriously and aot wisely, as the time will soon 
come when we shall reap that which we have 
sown. H. B. B. 



THE POOK FUND. 



Since our lsst report in No. 2, of 1895, the 
following amounts have been received for the 
purpose of sending the Messenger to the poor: 
JohaJ- >c!,ks, Hd s 



,augh, I 



THE GOSPKL MESSKNGK?. 



January 29, 1895. 



JEWS WHO NEVER HEARD OF CHRISTIANITY. 

The following, by Prof. Ira M. Price, of the 
University of Chicago, and published in the 
Sunday Sshoil Tims, will be read with interest: 

"The pilgrimages of Jews to Palestine from 
all parts of the world have revealed many inter- 
esting faits about their religions ojuditiona 80 
numerous have these wanderers beoome that 
Jerusalem now claims in its vioinity abont forty 
thousand. In faot, they are now forming a new 
city aronnd the old one. This new city is made 
up of colonies of Jews from various countries, 
settled in groups or binds, speaking a common 
language. 

" One of the most peculiar and noteworthy 
among these sojourners is a Jewish colony from 
Yemen in Southern Arabia, down near the Indian 
Ocean. It has settled near the Monnt of Olives, 
east of the city of Jerusalem. As reported in 
L'liali': Evangelica, through 'The Thinker' 
for December, this colony had become very poor, 
and was the object of the apeoial charity of 
Christians. They naturally turned to their bene- 
factors with great interest This gave the Chris- 
tians an opportunity to te'.l them the facts of 
Christianity, whioh were entirely new to them. 

" Bo wrought up were they, that they wrote to 
a rabbi in Yemen, and related the events leading 
to, and gave an account of, their new knowledge. 
They also sent along to this rabbi a copy of 
the New Testament. He is reported to have 
replied in the following startling language: 'The 
Christians, you say, are pious and benevolent 
people. We cannot say anything on the Bubject, 
as we have never seen Christians. There are 
none in Yemen. As for the book you have sent 
us, we never saw anything like it, This religi 
is quite new to us, and we have never heard 
speak of Buch things since the destruction of the 
first temple, and our departure from the land 
of Israel.' 

"How does this sound in this age of the world? 
Nearly twenty-five hundred years in Yemen, iso- 
lated, apparently a hermitage of JewBl Never 
heard of Christ or Christianity! Oat of the 
sound of the tread of civilization and enlighten- 
ment as tempered by Christianity! What of 
missions among the Jews! What of missions 
where Christ has never been known! If the 
statements of that rabbi are facta, they should 
be the seeds of muoh earnest thought on the 
part of every Christian worker." 



them to ohange their rules governing the grant- 
of ministerial permits, or so modify them 
as nit to exclude the ministers of our church 
from receiving such permits. 

The committee, appointed by the General Con- 
ference, respBctf ally submit the following reasons 
why the ohange asked for ehonld be granted: 

1. Oar church does not sustain a salaried min- 
istry; hence the labors of our ministers, humble 
though they be, are given to the world FREE of 
cost and without remuneration. 

The " other occupations," that have hitherto 
exsluded our ministers from the benefits of half- 
fare permits, are not to supplement a salary, 
but are the means of gaining a livelihood. The 
preaching is an additional labor, and is done 
without compensation. 

3 Since onr church holds that the Gospel 
should be preached free to all men, the discrim- 
ination is practioally against the church and not 
against individuals. 

4. That the few ministers whb have 'no other 
occupation" and who oan conscientiously sign 
the applications for orders, for these privileges 
generally have an independent competency, hence 
the discrimination ia in favor of the rioh and 
againat the poor. 

6 That oar dutieB as ministers frequently call 
ub into remote partB of oar congregations, which 
oover large areas of country, and also into other 
congregations, requiring frequent use of roads 
in performance of our ohnroh work. 

6 That although we have other oooupations, 
onr ministers have made it a rule when such 
orders have been granted, to use them only for 
purposes contemplated in the granting of the or- 
ders. 

Upon these grounds we respectfully request 
that your rales be so modified that our ministers 
may receive the same benefits on the railways 
enjoyed by other denominations. 

Very Respectfully, 

D. L. Miller, 1 

E. W. Stoner, [• Committee. 
S. W. Hoover, ) 

Up to this time, action has been taken by sev- 
eral associations, and the following replies have 
been received: 

From the Central Traffic Association. 
I have much pleasure In advising you that, following the 
submission of your memorial of October 6 to this Associa- 
tion, the following action was adopted: 



HALF-FARE PERMITS FOR OUR MINISTERS. 

The last Annual Meeting appointed E. W. 
S toner, S. W. Hoover and the writer to memorial, 
ize the Railway Passenger Associations for half- 
fare permits. During the fail the following 
letter was addressed and mailed to the various 
Passenger Associations of the United States: 
To the Railway Passenger Associations or 

the United States, 
Gentlemen:— A.t the last National Conference 
of the German Baptist Brethren or Dankards, 
held at Myersdale, Pa, May 29-31, 1891, the 
following action was taken: 

Whereas, The railroad companies of this conn- 
try propose to provide the ministers of the differ- 
ent ohurches with orders for tickets at one-half 
the regular fare, and 

Whereas, The ministers of the Brethren (Ger. 
man Baptist) church have been refused these 
orders on the ground that they have other 
cupations bearing remuneration, therefore: 

Resolved, That a committee of three be ap. 
pointed to memorialize the Railway Passenge; 
Associations of the United States, requesting 



nlnlste 



i of the Ge 



Baptist Brethren or Dun- 



es Passenger 

Replying to your valued favor of the nth, which has 
been submitted to the Committee and carefully considered I 
advise that all denominations receive Impartial treat- 
l our territory, as no half-fare clerical permits are Is- 
clergymen of any denomination. Trusting this ex- 
planation will prove satisfactory, I am 

Yours truly, 

N. E. Weeks, 

We regret very much that the efforts of the 
oommittee have not met with more favorable 
responses from the Passenger Associations. It 
is proposed to continue the work and we hope 
the object had in view may be accomplished. 
Owing to the general business depression, which 
is felt very severely by the railways, the rules 
regulating half-fare permits have been made more 
rigid. Some of the companies are considering 
the queation of issuing no permits and we under- 
stand that one of the leading associations in the 
country came within one vote of rc-foeing to 
grant permits to any minister. d l m. 



Notes from Our Correspondents. 



This legislation of our Committee I trust will fully and 
satisfactorily subserve the objects of your petition as we 
make no question as to Its liberal interpretation by the lines, 
members of this Committee. 

Yours very truly, 

F. C. Don-ald, 
Commissioner, Passr. Dept. 
From the Chicago and Ohio River Traffic Association. 
Again referring to your favor of the I2th Inst. At the reg- 
ular meeting of the General Passenger Agents of the Associ- 
ation yesterday, held at this office, ir was agreed that each 
Individual line should take its own action In the matter, 
and that It should not be a matter of agreement in the Asso- 
ciation. 

Yours truly, 

J. F. Tucker, 
Commissioner. 
From the Trunk Line Association. 
Your advice of I2lh Inst, was duly received and has been 
submitted to the members of the Passenger Committee. 
They do not see how we could consistently relax present 
rules, and your application Is therefore respectfully declined, 
Very truly, 

L. P. Farmer, 
Commissioner Passr. Dept. 



West NimistnlleD, Ohio— On Christmas Day we 
began a series of meetinga at the Pleasant Val- 
ley house, conducted by the home ministers. 
The meetings were oontinued until Jan. 13. Aa 
a result of this protracted effort fifteen souls were 
received into the kingdom by baptism and one 
reclaimed. The church is very much built up 
and feels to rejoioe in the God of our salvation — 
Isaac Boll, New Berlin, Ohio, Jan. 14 

Pleasant Valley Church, Ohio Bro. George L, 

Studebaker, of Shide'er, Ind,, came to this place 
on the evening of Dec. 8 to hold a aeries of meet- 
ings, and held forth the Word in its primitive 
purity until the evening of the 23rd. The mem- 
bers were built up and sinners warned to flee 
the wrath to come. One precious son! was re- 
ceived by baptism.— D. B. dark, Cosmos, Ohio, 
Jan. 14 

Pair View, So.— We are now in the midst of 
a series of meetings conducted by Bio, F. W. 
Dove. He hss been wieldiDg the Sword with 
power for seven days 8nd nights. Last night 
four came out on the Lord's side end others are 
almost persuaded to come. Pray for us. May 
the good Lord give ns all of our children and 
neighbors, to work in the vineyard of the Lord 
with ub.— J. W. B. Hylion. 

Plal Bock Ctnvrcti, Va.— Jan. 1 we held our annual 
council. Considerable bnsineos was presented 
and all disposed of in a Christian manner. Three 
of the five solicitors were present and reported 
$27 68 collected for missionary purposes. Dar- 
ing 1894 four series of meetings were held in 
this congregation at different points. Thirty-six 
were reoeived by baptism, one applioaat, two re- 
claimed and five expelled. We are moving along 
slowly, have mnch opposition and desire the 
prayers of the faithful ia our behalf.— D. P- 
Wine, Moore's Store, Va , Jan. 10. 

Bethel, Hebr.— We met in quarterly council Jan. 
12. Our elder, Bro. John Ikenbarry, was not 
able to be with ns. He has been much afflioted 
with a tumor for several years. He had it re- 
moved abont a month ago and is getting along 
well and hopes that in future years he may 
do more work for the Master than he has in 
the years gone by. The church decided to hod 
a Bible school at this place some <itno next talj- 
Our Sunday school will ba continued through 
the year.— Ella Roihroclt, Jan. 14. 



January 29, 1895. 



Bockton, Pa.— We feel that God is among ne 
yet, A few days ago we were surprised and 
made to rejoice by a beloved sister coming to 
town on purpose to be baptized into Christ, mat 
ing in all last year eight received into this con- 
gregation, May God bless the cause.— Mollie 
Brilharl. 

Altoona, Pa.— This church met in quarterly ooun- 
cil Jan. i, at 8 o'olock P. M. The membership 
was well represented. We have changed the 
time for holding our council-meeting from Sat- 
urday evening to Friday evening. We had a 
good meeting. A good deal of business came 
before the meeting, Sines our last report three 
more were added to the church by baptism.— L. 
A. Kephart. 

auburn, Va —Bro Dennis Weimer, from Beale- 
ton, Va., and Bro. Andrew Chambers, from Mid- 
land, Va., commenced a aeries of meetings at 
Auburn sohoolhouaa Deo. 6 and preached sixteen 
sermons. Five were added to the church. Home 
have made up their minds to come in the near 
future. We now number thirteen members in 
this neighborhood. Call again, brethren, and 
your labor will surely be blest.— Martin Beydler 
Dee 11. 

Smithville, Ohio.— The Bible Term of the North- 
eastern Distriot of Ohio, to be held at Smithville, 
Ohio, begins Feb. 5, and will be in session ten 
days. Arrangements will be made to care for 
all who can be with us, in the way of boarding 
and lodging. Ministers and Sunday-school work- 
era are especially expected to bo with us. Oome 
with Bible in hand to devote at least ten days to 
Bible study and consecration to the Master's 
servioe. Those coming via P. & Ft. Wayne K 
K , will stop off at Weilersville, those on W. L 
Erie, at Smithville.— M. C. LichienwaUer. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGE! 



Price s Creek Church, Ohio.-Bro. Henry Franiz 

H™ n oo me ? °" " ew ohuroh ' ne « ">e State 
hue, Dec. 29, and the same evening began a meet- 
ing and continued until Jan. 10. We had a 
good meeting. Bro. Fraaiz preached in his usu- 
al earneit way and mjde many friends. We 
had a good attendance and a good interest.-Jo- 
sepli Longanecker, Jan. IB. 

Eel Bivor, lad -Oar meetings, oonducted by Br;-. 
JJorsey Hodgden, closed with twelve additions by 
baptism and a good interest. The church is 
much built np. We have never been permitted 
to attend a meeting that we enjoyed any better. 
All present seemed to take an interest in the 
servioas to make the meeting a suooess, so we 
think we have had a profitable waiting before 
the Lord. Bro. Hodgden has left many friends 
in this part of the Brotherhood, both in and 
ont of the church. He preached in all thirty-six 
sermons, including one funeral.-C. G. Arnold, 
Jan, 10 



Spring drove, Pa.— Jan. 1 Eld. Christian Buoher, 
of ShaefferstoWD, Pa., came to the Spring Grove 
meetinghouse, in the Oonestoga church, Pa., and 
oommenced a series of meetings on the same 
evening and continued until the 11th, preaching 
twelve soul-cheering sermons, including one day 
meeting. The meetings were continued over 
Sunday by our home ministers and on Sunday, 
while the mercury registered nine degrees above 
zero, the ordinance of baptism was administered 
to one dear yonng sister who became willing 
to forsake sin and follow our Savior in all his 
commands.— Samuel W. Taylor, Jan, 14. 

Pig River, Va.— We are having probably the 
most destructive sleet ever witnessed in this part. 
Snow fell yesterday, Jan. 9, to the depth of six 
inches. Rain began last night and continues 
still, timber crashing on all sides. To-day, Jan. 
10, at 11 A. M., fifty branches of trees were seen 
or heard to fall in fifteen minutes. A peach 
twig was out, with a rod of ice ronnd it that 
measured one and one-half inohes in diameter. 
Much damage has been done to fruit trees and 
many are torn up by the roots by the enormous 
"eight of ice. Sheet of ice on top of snow is 
one-half inch thick.— B. E, Kesler. 

Lancaster, Pa.— This church wbb reoently called 
together and experienced a season of rejoicing 
h ?° sh ths reinstating to the fold, of two who 
had wandered away some six or seven yearB ago. 
J au 9 the quarterly church-meeting was held 
and then we were distressed because two had 
™ be disowned. We hope they may again be 
wscned. Elders 8. R Zug, Jacob Hockman and 

nn Graybill were present and held an election 
or a deacon, which resulted in the electing of 
Lon ?v 0, Fa8naoht ' P«b- 2 Bro. Joseph A. 
i*» ' Pa '' '* ex P e «ted to be here and 

f™ us a protracted meeting.-r. E. ImXer , Jan . 



Elkhart, Inu".— Oar meetings in the Brick ehnrch 
of this district closed yesterday with three bap- 
tized, one reclaimed and one applicant. Bro. 
Roose, of the Yellow Creek church, did most of 
the preaching. While the immediate results 
were not such as had been expected, yet we 
rejoice in God and trust to him for future in- 
crease. The Missionary Board of Northern Indi- 
ana have arranged to locate Bro. Eli Koose at 
a mission point in Michigan. While we shall 
miss him mnch in this part of the District, yet 
we commend the step on the part of Bro. Koose 

and the Board and look for good results. I. D 

Parker. 

Red Oak drove, Va— We have not enjoyed a 
series of meetings this winter yet, but hope to 
have one shortly. Some of the brethren have 
promised to come, but owing to rough weather 
they have not come yet. Our congregation seems 
to be prospering, notwithstanding we have con- 
siderable opposition by other denominations. 
We had twelve additions by baptism and some by 
letter last year. We number a little over one 
hundred members and have four able ministers 
and seven deacons. We hope the Lord may 
prosper us so that we may double the number 
this year. Brethren, pray to that end. — Asa 
Bowman, Jan. 9. 

West Center, HI.— Brethren John Dsmmy and 
Daniel Hulander, of Astoria, appointed a short 
series of meetiogs at the West Center school- 
house, nine miles north of Knshville, beginning 
Saturday, Jan. 5, with the understanding that 
Bro. Solomon Bucklew, of Canton, 111., come to 
their assistance on Monday, the 7th. When he 
arrived he preached nntil Friday night, deliver- 
ing seven sermons, two in the daytime and five 
after night. He had a full house, but on account 
of another appointment he had to fill, he was 
compelled to close the meeting in the midst of 
a harvest of souls. Four were received by bap- 
tism.— -4drcm Bauer. 

Eoscow Church, Idaho. — Saturday, Jan. 5, we met 
in council. There was not much business before 
the meeting, and everything passed off pleasant- 
ly. It was decided to hold a short series of 
meetings, which are now in progress, conducted 
by our home minister, Bro. J. N. Gwinn. Deo. 
27 Bro. Gwinn went out near Avon, abont twenty- 
five miles northeast of here, to hold some meet- 
ings. This is a place where the Brethren have 
never held meetings before. He preached eight 
sermons, and reports a good attendance and good 
interest, We hope that the seed sown will find 
place in good ground. Our Sunday Bchool and 
social meeting are moving along prosperously. 
—J. O. 67. Siiverson, Jan. 10. 



Bound City, Ho.-The members of Saint Joseph, 
Mo., held their council Dee. 28. All passed off 
pleasantly. The members seem zealous for the 
Lord, but some are moving away. They desire 
ministering brethren pas.ing to stop off and 
preach for them, On account of my intending to 
move to Kansas Boon, the brethren and sisters 
made choice of another elder to have oversight of 
the church. The lot fell on Bro. W. 0. Hipes. 
I am now in Nickerson, Rono Co., Kans., holding 
moetings.— C. B. Brown, Jan 8. 

Richfield, Pa.-Oa the evening of Deo. 15 Bro 
Elward Book, from Blain, Perry Co, Pa, came 
into our midst and commenced a series of meet- 
ings, which ooatinaed until Dae. 27. This was 
one of the moat interesting raeetinss we have 
ever had, and the resnUa of the meetings were 
that two souls were made willing to give their 
hearts to the Lord and their hands to the church 
and were baptizsd into Christ Jan, S. The 
members all feel revived and feel like going on 
m the good work. Bro. Book is an able expound- 
er and a good teacher and is not afraid to de- 
clare the whole Gospel. From here he went 
to another point, about eight miles distant, in 
the same congregation.— Lizzie Pellman. Jan. 
13. 

Sterling, Colo.-We would like to have some 
members locate with o«, especially a minister. 
There are good chances to get small homes here 
now reasonably cheap and on easy terms. There 
are a few members living here. We very much 
need and desire a minister, as there are none 
living closer than about fifty miles. We have 
only had two sermons in twelve months. There 
are more missionary points than there are mis- 
sionaries, or means to pay, in this part of God's 
heritage, as we are mostly in limited circumstan- 
ces. If any of the brethren are passing this 
way we would like to hove them stop with ns. 
If any one desires further information it will 
gladly be given. Address the writer.— J". H. Kin- 
zie, Jan. 10, 



_ . Pa.— We met in quarterly connoil Dec. 
26, with Bro. H. E, Light, of Mouutville, as mo- 
derator. Bro. I. W. Taylor's wife was installed 
into the office of a minister's help-mate. A collec- 
tion was taken for the Western sufferers, and a 
Sunday-school Superintendent was elected to 
serve the coming session. The lot fell on Bro. 
Hershey Groff. We contemplate re-opening the 
school early in April. The meetings held by 
Bro. Joshua King, of Maryland, at the Bird-in- 
hand house, resulted in the conversion and bap- 
tism of four precious sonls. Meetings at the 
Eby meetinghouse are now in progress, Bro. 
H. E. Light preached the first few sermons for ns 
and Bro. Levi Mohler, of the Lower Cumberland 
church, is at present continuing the meetings. 
-Lizzie Myer, BareviUe, Pa. 

Boot River, linn.— Dec. 16 Bro. W. H. Eisenbise, 
of Mt, Carroll, II!., commenced an interesting 
aeries of meetings, closing last evening, Jan. 6, 
preaching, in ail, twenty-nine sermons, It was a 
pleasant meeting throughout, with good attend- 
ance and interest, As a result, sixteen precious 
souls were buried with Christ in baptism- Many 
fathers and mothers rejoiced to see their children 
take their companions by the band and join in 
with the people of God. Others were almost 
persuaded. Oar elder, Joseph Ogg, is in very 
poor health. He was not able to enjoy any of 
the meetings. Monday, Dec. 31, he was anointed. 
He desires the prayers of the brethren and sis- 
ters, that, if it is the Lord's will, he may be 
restored to health again. Many prayers were 
offered in his behalf during the meetings. — Ella 
M. Ogg, Oreenleafton, Minn. 



76 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



January 29, 1895, 



Lancaster, Pa.— Id the article in the last Mes- 
BKNOEE, on page 37, middle colnmn, over my sig- 
natnre, you have it to read N. Green. It should 
be N. Qieen, Can you make the correction? 
Bo Ear as my mail is concerned it would make 
no difference, but parsons coming with a view 
of oslling on me might have some trouble.— T. F. 
Zmler, No. 41H N. Queen Street. 

Boann, Ind. — Bro. J. M. Mohler, of Lewistown, 
Pa , came to us Dec. 23 and remained until Jan. 
13, preachiDg eleven sermons at Boann and 
nineteen at the New Enterprise church, five miles 
northwest of Koann. The meetings closed at 
both places with gocd interest and many felt sad 
that the meetings closed so soon. Bro. Mohler 
does not shun to declare the Word of God in its 
purity.— Eenry Neff. 

Belleville, Bans —We are in the midst of an in- 
teresting series of meetings. Bro. D. H. Weaver, 
of Longmont, Colo., is doing the preaching at 
present. Eld. Holeinger commenced two weeks 
ago, not knowing whether he would have help 
or not After one week Bro. A. 0. Daggett oame 
to his assistance. Then a few days later Bro. 
Weaver came and is helping in the good work. 
Two came ont last night— Louisa J. Williams, 
Jan 15. 

Indian Oreek, Pa.— Bro. Jasper Barnthonse com- 
menced a series of meetings at the County Line 
meetinghouse on the evening of Jan. 5 Bro. 
Barnthonse preached eleven soul-cheering Gospel 
sermons, by whioh the church was revived. Two 
little lambs came out on the Lord's side. Many 
more are counting the cost The weather being 
inclement, we closed our meetings too soon. Bro. 
Barnthonse had to leave for other fields of labor 
Jan. 14. — Jeremiah Faust. 

St. Lonis, Bo.— After spending a few days among 
the Brethren in Clinton County, I came to this 
city to attend the Missouri School for the Blind, 
till the Annual Meeting, which I hope to attend. 
I would like to know if there are any of the 
Brethren in this city. If so, I would like for 
them to call on me and if there are any passing 
through I would like to have them visit the 
sohool and I will show them the industries of the 
blind.— James Arthur, 1827 Morgan St., Jan. 
13. 

Pleasant Dale, Inn. — Bro. Aaron Moss came to 
Jan, 7, preaching in all twelve sermons. As an 
immediate result one dear ministering brother, 
who had strayed away and had attached himself 
to the Progressive Brethren, returned and was re- 
stored to fellowship. We were made to rejoice 

greatly and we know that several others are 
counting the coBt and are near the kingdom. 
The membership was greatly built up and en- 
couraged in the doctrine and practice of the 
church.— J. W. Stoneburner, Jan. 18. 

Campbellsville, By.— Bro. D. Dilling, from the 
Monticello church, Ind., came to us Deo. 29, We 
had twelve meetings in all. The weather was 
disagreeable during his stay, so that many of the 
people did not attend that would have done so 
under more favorable circumstances. But the 
services seemed to be much appreciated by those 
who did attend, and we know of good impressions 
being made. Bro. Dilling is very earnest and 
warm in his manner of preaching, so that none 
can well help feeling but that they were bettered 
by hearing him. To Bro. Dilling we say, Come 
again. The last of February we expect to com. 
mence a meeting in Campbellsville, our County, 
seat, to continue as long as circumstances and the 
interest will justify. Bro. I. J. Kosenbergei 
will be with us to conduct the meetings. We so. 
licit an interest in the prayers of all for the work 
in Kentucky.— A. S. Culp, Jan, 15. 



Saperville, 111.— The series of mcetiDgs com- 
menced here Dec. 29, conducted by Bro. George 
D. Zollers and Bro. Jacob Delp, closed Jan. 13 
We had pleasant weather, with the exception 
of two evenings, and good attendance and inter- 
est. For the benefit of the aged members day 
meetings were appointed, Bro. Delp taking 
oharge of them. The Word was held forth with 
power. It was indeed a refreshing season for 
the members both old and young. One dear 
sister has desired to unite with the ohurch.— Ida 
Erb, Jan. li. 

Bement, 111.— Bro. Menno Stonffer, of Mansfield, 
oame hero Jan. 7, and held meetings till Jan. 16 
Quite a good many of our Bement people were in- 
terested and we were sorry to see the meetings 
close, but thankful for the eleven good sermons. 
Two young men expressed their desire of uniting 
with the Brethren. The one was once a member, 
but had fallen back. We shall be glad to have 
Bro Stonffer with us again Boon, the Lord willing. 
We orgaaizad Sunday school here a short time 
a»o and have good attendance. We feel encour- 
aged,— Lizzie Troxter, Jan. 17. 

Walnut Level Chnrch, Ind.— Bro. Levi Stoneburner, 
from Warsaw, this State, came to this place Dec, 
29 and began a series of meetings. He gave ns 
nineteen Gospel sermons. He preached th< 
Word with power, which encouraged the mem 
bera to press onward and upward. Five precious 
souls were made willing to be buried with Christ 
in baptism. We think more are counting the 
cost. The meetings closed with good interest. 
Bro. Stoneburner had to go to other fields of la- 
bor and we feel the meetings cloBed too soon.— 
Malinda S Siudebaker, Jan. 10. 

South Keoknk Chorea, Iowa.— On Saturday, Dec, 
15, was held our regular quarterly council. All 
business passed off pleasantly. Eid. John Gable 
and wife were received into the church by letter. 
We now have a resident minister, whioh is V6ry 
encouraging to us. We reorganized our Sun- 
day sohool for the ooming year with eiater Addie 
Bales as Superintendent, We decided to use 
the Young Disciple in onr sohool. Our average 
attendance last year was sixty. Oar Thanksgiv- 
ing offering amounted to $8.40, which was to go 
to the Western sufferers. — Mary Heilman, 
Jan. 10. 

Deep Biver, Iowa.— Our meetings which com- 
menced Dae. 22, closed Jan. 10. Bro. Michael 
Flory, of Girard, 111., did the preaching. We 
had no immediate accessions, but we hope there 
were some lasting impressions made and that 
some seed fell on good soil and may eventually 
bring forth fruit unto the honor and glory of 
God. Bro. Flory went to Middle Creek ohurch 
Mahaska Co,, Iowa, where he will hold some 
meetings. Our evergreen Sunday school is do- 
ing very well, with fair interest and attendance, 
and our social meeting is well supported. — J. J. 
Brower, Jan. 16. 

Berthoud, Colo.— Nov. 6 Bro. H. 0. Eirly came 
to visit his brother and family, and while here 
preaohed six excellent aermons at three different 
points, — the Sunnyside achoolhouee, the 8t. 
Vrain church and in the Christian ohurch in Ber- 
thoud. He came back to Sunnyside on the 14th 
and preached a sermon on baptism. He ex- 
plained the Scriptnres and made the matter so 
plain that members of other denominations said 
they were convinced. I think if Bro. Early could 
have staid a few days longer, there would have 
been several accessions to the church. At Ber- 



Farnnaniville Ohurch, Iowa.— Jan. 5 Bro. James L, 
Thomas, of Prairie City, Iowa, oame to us and re- 
mained until the 16 ih. He preached twelve soul, 
ohesring sermons, which were very much appre. 
ciated by the little band of members at this place. 
We were bnilt up in the most holy faith. Bro. 
Thomas wields the Sword cf the Spirit with pow- 
Althoagh we had no accessions we believe 
the good seed has been sown in the hearts of 
many. We believe there would have been good 
results if he could have continued two weeks 
longer. Since our last report from thiB chnrch 
there was one baptizad and one young brother 
reolaimed who had wandered away from the fold. 
—Nora White, Jan. 18. 

Bidge Church, Ohio.— Bro. John Calvin Bright 
conducted a series of meetings for us, beginning 
Deo. 29 and closing Jan. 13. The attendance and 
interest were very good, considering the weather, 
which was very cold a part of the time. Our 
brother preached twenty.one discourses in his 
calm, quiet way, which were very much liked by 
all the members. One sister who had been away 
for a number of yearn returned to the fold. Five 
young people, three boys end two girls, oame for- 
ward and expressed their wiBh to join in with 
God's spiritual children. We feel much encour. 
aged and think our brother's labors were pro- 
ductive of much good. He began a meeting at 
May Hill, Adams Co, Ohio, Jan. 14.— A P. 
Reed, Elmville, Highland Co., Ohio. 

Salona, Texas. —I am glad to know that we have 
some Brethren in the State of Texas. Saturday, 
Jan, 5, I saddled my pony aud started for Noco- 
ns to meet some of the Brethren and was glad to 
find about twenty of like precious faith. We had 
a very pleasant church-meeting at Bro. Molsbee's 
house. There is much territory here to preaoh 
in and wa need more ministers here to defend and 
preach the trne Gospel sad establish the faith of 
the Brethren. Bro. Mohbee is very oomfortably 
situated and would be very glad if some more 
Brethren would locate near him. His time is all 
taken up sowing the good seed. Brethren, I felt 
like I had round home folks here. I am isolated 
twenty miles from the church. I may locate clos- 
er in the future.— John W. Bobertscn, Jan li. 

Yellow Creek Chnrch, 111.— According to previous 
arrangements, onr elder, Bro. D. B. Eby, began 
a oeriea of doctrinal sermons in the opera hall 
in Pearl City, III., Jan. 5 and continued nntil 
Jan, 16 Dnring this time fourteen meeting! 
were held. This io a new point, as I believe 
these are the first meetings held here by the 
Brethren. Many of the people of this village 
were unacquainted with the practices and doc- 
trines of the church. The meetings were espe- 
cially noted for the large crowds and the very 
good order which prevailed. People here, as 
well as elsewhere, are anxions and willing to 
hear the Word when it is delivered in its purity 
and simplicity; however not many are willing 
to make practical use of it. We are all very 
much enconraged to have such good work done 
for the Master at this place. It was our privi- 
lege to attend all of these meetings but one, and 
we can trnly say that Bro. Eby did not give 
an uncertain sound. While his aim is to reaon 
the heart of sinners and cause them to rise to 
a sense of duty, he also gives the doctrine ot 
the ohurch a good share of the time, which n 
presented in auoh a plain way that all oan D 
acquainted with it. Moreover, it was P™° en ' 8a , 
in such a way that no one conld get oftenae^ 
who had a different belief from na. 



We cannot 



thoud he preached on repentance. Some of the J report any additions, yet we feel a goo 
"Christian" members said it was the best ser- jhas been done, knowing that before we ca ^^ 
mon they ever heard since they came West. — W. j peot a harvest we must first have a seed 
T. Smith, Jan. 14. | L. E. Keliner, Pearl City, III • Jan. 17. 



January 39, 1895. 



JTHB GOSPEL MESSENGER 



Ponure Valley, Colo.— Tho members of this con. 
gregation met in quarterly council Saturday, Jap. 
12. Everything passed eft pleasantly. Eld. 8. 
M. Goughnonr, of Longtnont, was present and pre- 
sided over the meeting. All the old officers were 
re-elected for the year 1895. The report of our 
treasurer showed that we had quite a good sum in 
our treasury. We hope we will always keep 
our churoh in that condition. We have just 
closed a aeries of meetings at one of our outposts. 
Eld. Goughnonr did the preaching. Qaite a 
good interest was manifested, yet thero were no 
additions; but we hope that the good seed sown 
will bring a crop in due time. Eld. Goughnonr 
preached eight able sermons and visited some 
among the people, by which he gained many 
warm friends. We hope he will visit ns often. 
We need hie fatherly counsel.— D. M. Click, Jav, 
It. 

Billelt's Qrove, Iowa.— Abont one year ago a fam- 
ily by the name of White, friend Oney arc! Etta, 
his wife, moved from within the bounds of this 
chnrch west, and are now lining at Marshall 
Junction, Washington, about thre6 miles north 
and fifteen milea west of Spokane Falls, They 
have written (o brother and sister Beacbly, the 
parents of Mrs. White, asking that some one be 
sent to baptize them. Last October their wants 
were made known to oar Diutriofc Mission Board, 
but from a letter of recent data from them, it 
appears that there has been nothing dune for 
them and they are still very erxions. Their par- 
ents requested me to write a letter to the Gospel 
MEaeENQEE, thus making their wants more public, 
bo that if any of onr ministering brelhren pass 
that way they could stop and visit them. There 
may be Brethren living near them, who take the 
Gospel Messenoeb, that would not hear of them 
any other way. We feel a great interest in these 
people because they used to attend our meetings, 
but, like so many others, were still waiting for a 
more convenient season. Not?, since they are 
ready, let the chnrch improve the opportunity, as 
the burden now lies on the church.— A. B. 
Retves, Spmcsr, Iowa, Jan. 10. 

Eiver, Ind.— The Salimonie chnrch had her 
Christmas meeting in onr Lancaster house. It 
was well attended bymembsrj and others. The 
principal part of the day was epent in song serv- 
ice and short speeches by tho ministers on the 
topio of the occasion. We continued onr meet- 
ings for two weeks and had good interest from 
the beginning, except on a few inclement evenings. 
We were pleased to see our young people come 
out from evening to eveniDg to help in onr meet- 
ings and in song service. The preaching was 
done by the home ministers. The meetings 
closed without any additions, although we felt 
that the Spirit of the Lord sss with us. Night 
before last we were called about three miles from 
home to see an old man who seems near eternity. 
"hen arriving there we found quite a number 
assembled, and upon investigation we soon 
learned that the old gentleman's earnest desire 
Was to be baptized. A box was procured and the 
work was done in good order. Bro. Eudy surely 
le of those who have come in at tho eleventh 
hour, for he has lived to the advanced age of 
"eventy.aix. We left him rejoicing in the hope 
"'eternal life. Winter has closed in upon ns; 
"now '8 deep and sleighing good.— 0. 0. Ellis, 
Jan. is. 

W ° 0lllaild . nich.— Through the urgent request of 
'he Brethren at Clarion, Mich., I left home Deo. 
«1 to assist in a series of meetings. I arrived 
Were on the 22nd and found an earnest and zaalona 

ody of members, though only few in number, 
"ere were only three families living in that 

ouiity. They belong to the little Traverse 



church, but live in Charlevoix County, some 
-went, miles south of the main body of the 
church. We were present at their first love 
feast ever held at Clarion, the 8h of last Septem 
ber held under a tent. Since then those few 
Brethren bought a vacant schoolhonse in Olari 
twenty by tb.irty.aix, for $100, which they fitted 
for a church. Thus they now have a house of 
their own. They have not much of this world's 
goods, but a zeal for the cause that induced them 
to deprive themselves of personal oomforte that 
they might have a house for God. I was im- 
pressed with the thought that if our wealthy 
churches would make such sacrifices for the cause 
we might have a ohnrchhoase almost wherever 
one is needed. We had a pleasant meetirg with 
those few members and their neighbors. Oar 
congregations were all we conld desire, their 
house being will filled with a very attentive class 
of people, whom wo think will be willing to in- 
vestigate for themselves, The work, we feel, will 
boa little iloiv, as the people will want tine to 
inv< stigate. Clarion is on the Grand E >pids and 
Indiana Eiilroad, eight miles south of Petoakey. 
If any of our brethren pass through there, they 
should stop and they wiil load a welcome among 
them. Bro Isaac Harford, a minister in the sec 
ond degree, lives olo3e to Clarion— John M. 
SrnUh. J< n 11. 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



I State. Bebrkl. Notes 



^-Church News solicited for this D 
good meeting, send a report of it. so that 
In writing give name of cliurch, County < 
Travel should be as short as possible. La 
ficited for this Department. We have an 
sary, will Issue supplements. 



Notes by the Way. 

Bio 29 wife and I went to P.ico's Creek 
church, Ohio, to assist in a series of meetings. 
The meetings were held in the new churoh, dedi- 
cated last July. It is at an outpost where there 
are only a few members living. The meetings 
were very well attended, considering the sur- 
roundingp. luterest was good and the beat of 
attention was paid. The meetings closed on the 
evening of Jan. 10, with some seemingly near the 
chnrch, May God grant that this place may ye! 
become a stronghold for bis children and we feel 
that it will, if properly nourished. 

While on onr way home we received the sad 
intelligence of our brother in the fleah and 
chnroh, Abraham Framz, of North Manchester, 
Ind,, having orossed the river; so, alter being at 
home two hour,-, I Btarted for the funeral, arriving 
just after the procession had arrived at the 
church. So one by one we are passing over. I 
permitted to attend two preaching services 
in North Manchester. I returned home to-day 

d expect to assist in a series of meetings, com- 
mencing at Painter Creek chnrch, Ohio, to-mor- 
row night. May God bless the work I 

Henby Fbaniz 

Forgy, Ohio, Jan. 16. 



From Jylland, Denmark, 



All churches in the above District having min- 
isters who are in limited circumstances, and not 
able to bear their expenses at the Bible Term, 
any brethren who wish to contribute to the 
same, will please addreas Bro. D. J. Yulzey, 
OauioD, Ohio, Treasurer of Committee. Board- 
ing and lodging may bo had at $2 50 per week. 

M. 0. LlOHTENWALTEB, 

Sec. of Committee. 
Smiihville, Ohio, Jan. 21, 



"Pbay ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, 
that he will send forth labourers into his 
harveat." ( Matt. 9: 38 ) 

It is long aiuoe these dear words were uttered 
by onr Lord Jesus Christ, bnt they are of the 
same importance to us yet. It seems to me very 
different when the Lord sends us as laborers and 
when men send ns according to their own judg- 
ment. We cannot believe that all who preach are 
sent by the Lord; for Jesus says: " Many will say 
to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not 
prophesied in thy name?" etc. And he will 
profess unto them, "I never knew yon." Matt. 
7: 21-23. The Lord knows his own laborers, and 
has promised "to bo with them alway, even unto 
the end of the world " 

We need more lab wars here. Brethren and 
Bisters, please pray for us that the Lord will send 
us more who will preach the same Gospel whioh 
Paul preached, that all the doctrines in the holy 
Word of onr Lord msy be observed. Daar breth- 
ren, we read in the Gospel Messesqeb that many 
are bein» added to the churches in America, and it 
is very joyous even to uj here; but we should re- 
joice even mote if woa'si coald report the con- 
version of many sinners here 

There are but two preaohers here at this place. 
IhiBislitle in propo:tion to the many others. 
We find it necessary to d> all we can for en- 
conraging our members to constancy in the Lora'a 
way. We have eight places of preaching, so that 
our members oan come to meeting without travel- 
ing very far, and we sometimes walk six to eight 
mil"s a djy to visit our members Wo have ap- 
pointed meetings every Sunday, and I hold meet- 
ings in the evenir g i when it is moonlight at night. 
We had a good meetiog Deo 5 at Ilbjorge. 
Much people came to the meeting and the Lord 
billed us. We had meeting appointed again at 
that place. Dec. 9 we had a meeting in Sindal, 
and tho 10 ih we were to preach a funeral with 
Bro. Paulsen, in Frederikshavn, his little son, Da- 
vid, having fallen asleep, 

I write these lines this evening and io morrow, 
God willing, I will start again to hold meetings 
in the evenings. Nxt Sunday I go to have 
meeting in V. Hjermitelev, and Bro. Paulsen 
goes to O. Bronderalev. We also have to vis- 
it the chnrch in Thy, which has no minister. 
We neod laborers in the great field. Pray that 
the Lord of the harvest send us some help to 
spread God's words and doctrine. It is the 
Lord's wiil that we preach the same Gospel which 
Paul preached, and the Loid haa never command- 
ed to preach any other Gospel. Jesns, eaid, " In 
vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines 
the commandments of men." It is lamentable 
that the great number of people will rather hear 
and follow those things '■ which all are to perish 
with the using " (Col. 2: 22) But "the Gospel 
of Christ is the power of God unto salvation to 
every one that belioveth." (Eom 1 : 16). 

May the Lord bless oar little e ffioaoy here for 
the salvation of souIb. We long for the time 
when Bro. D. L. Miller will visit us, and hope the 
Lord will give him a happy journey. 

0. 0. Eskildben. 
Skibsley, Die. 11 

" When yon see your fellow-creature fall into 
sin from which you have escaped, yon ahould 
not feel either a sense of scorn for him or a sense 
of pride in your own superior strength. Had 
you been subjected to the same influences that 
encompasBed his life, yon too might have yielded. 
Quite likely most moral and upright people owe 
far more to their surroundings than even they 
themselvea are aware." 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGR: 



January 29, 1896. 



From lit Blanchard, Ohio. 



Eld. Daniel Wtsosq from Nappanee, Ind., 
came to this plsca, and commenced meetings on 
the evening of Dae. 18, and continned nntil the 
evening of the 30ih, preaching in all Beventeen 
loul-cheering sermons. As Bro. Wyeong came to 
nB live dnys sooner than wa c xpioled him, the 
congregation was email the first evening, but as 
the news of the meetings Bpresd the congrega- 
tions grew until the house was about full. Al- 
though there were no immediate acossBiona, we 
feel there was much good done by way of en- 
couraging our few scattered members, and con- 
vincing the people that we, as a church, do love 
the aouls of all men and that our deBire is that all 
men might be saved. Oar meetings closed too 
Boon, This Pleasant Ridge honse is in the bounds 
of the old Eagle Greek churoh, Hanowk Co., 
Ohio. In April, 1830, the writer and 6. T, Bos 
Berman were ordained to the fnll ministry and 
hence the members of Pleasant Ridge church 
were under onr oare at that time. This church 
was then in a flourishing condition. There were 
perhaps about fifty members who were regular at- 
tendants at the Pleasant Ridge church and we had 
a prosperous Sunday sohool. But in- the spring 
of 1882 the writer with his family moved to the 
State of Michigan into the New Haven ohnroh, 
and the church was then left in the care of Eld. 
S. T. Bosserman; but eight years ago he was 
called to his reward, which left the church with- 
out a ieiident elder, after which, perhaps, the 
Pleasant Ridge ohnroh was not looked after as it 
Bhonld have been, and as a result the membership 
became greatly reduced in number. 

Through several providential ohanges, which 
took place with the writer, we are again lo 
cated in the bounds of the Eagle Greek church, 
where we first started in the servioe of the Mas- 
ter, and where we were placed in the position we 
now ocoupy in the church; but we are now near 
the Pleasant Ridge church, where we eipeot to 
labor as beBt we cm for the cause of the Master, 
hoping we may be ramembered by the Brother- 
hood at a throne of grace. E. Bossebman. 
Jan. 3. __^-__ 

From the Dallas Center Church, Iowa. 

We commenced preaching in Des Moir.ee in 
August, 1864, and have been holding regular ser- 
vices every two weeks since. About Oct. 1 the 
Brethren purchased a house of worship f^rjierly 
owned and n£ed by the Primitive M. E. church, 
and since we have our own house we can see an 
increased interest in Ihe meetings, demonstrating 
the fact that in order to accomplish much in citieB 
we must have our own houee of worship. 

"We have a Sauday sohool every Sunday and 
also regular servioes each Sunday. If no minister 
is present they have social meeting. We started 
our Snnday school with an attendance of twenty, 
and last Snnday the attendance was sixty-one, with 
a collection of S2.19. Now to ministering brethren 
passing through Des MoineB we say, Stop with tie 
dear members Bndbreak to them the Bread o! L'fe. 
Ministers living in surrounding Counties we hope 
will also come to see us in Das Moines. You will 
be welcomed any time. Tkoae wishing to stop in 
Dea Mo'neB will £nd a nearly welccme at the 
tome of any of the brethren. 

A. W. Hawbakeb. 
Waukee, Ioica, Jan. 11. 

From Keuka, Fla. 

As I am unable to write to the many friends in 
the North, I will say through the Messenger 
that I landed at this place Jan. 11, and I found 
the Father's children still earnestly contending 



for the right. The freeze of two weeks ago 
Btroyed all the orange crop which was not gath- 
ered previously. The orange groves are seriously 
injured by the freeze, many of the email trees 
and bode being entirely killed. My failing health 
made it necessary for me to oease work in the 
orth. I felt myself both physically and finan- 
,lly unable to take Buch a loDg purney, but 
mething had to be done, and I undertook it 
I left Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 8, and when I arrived 
at Cincinnati I was greeted by Bro. Aaron Sollen- 
berger and friend N. W. Rinehart, of Union, 
Ohio, who, in connection with other generous 
hearts, treated me to a berth in a Pullman Palace 
Bleeping oar for two nights, which favor I appre- 
ciated very mnoh. And right here I wish to say 
that if I am permitted to work in the North here- 
after, it will have to be between the last of April 
and the first of December. I have now tried four 
different winters to work in the North and my 
health failed each time. I have become discour- 
aged in attempting it any more. My address 
will be Keuka, Putnam Co, Fla., for thia winter, 
unless otherwise noticed. A. Hdtohison. 

Jan. 14. j| [ 

"Nobodv appreciates attention so much as a 
ohild, and with no one will a little go so far. 
Children have claims upon ns all the more sa- 
cred if they are friendless and neglected. They 
have rights which older people shou'd respcor.'' 



GIBSON— BOBB-— At the reilience of the bitde's father, 
Dec. 27, 1894, by Bro. I M. Gibson, Bro. D. S. Gibson and 
sister Anna E. Bobb, all of Mllmlne church, 111. 

BRUBAKER— EDWARDS— At the residence of Mr. 
John Hodion, Dec. 26, 1894, by the undersigned, Bro. Henry 
Brubaker, of Montgomery County, 111., and sister Lucy Ed- 
wards, of Bond County, 111. Henry Lilligh. 

BOWSER— LESLIE.— At the groom's home, Nov. 6, 
1S94, by the undersigned, Mr. Albert Bowser and Miss Cora 
Leslie, both of Canton, Ohio. Wm. H. Quins. 

FULMER— KURTZ.— By tbe undersigned, at his resi- 
dence, Dec. 26, 1894, Mr. Norman F. Fulmer, of Randolph, 
Portage Co., Ohio, and Miss Lydla Kuitz, of near Cairo, 
Stark Co., Ohio. Wm. H. Quinn. 

RANDALL— COOPER.— At the home of the bride, In 
Tama County, Iowa, Jan. 2, 1S95, by Bro. Frank M. Wheeler, 
Mr. Ira Randall snd Miss Eva Cooper. 

RAYNOR— CLINE.— At the bride's home, In Johnson 
County, Iowa, 0:t. 17, 1S94, by Bro. Frank M. Wheeler, Mr. 
Chris. Raynor and Miss Mellle Cllne. 

CLINE— EVANS.— At the home of the bride's parents, In 
Lone Tree, Johnson Co , Iowa, by Bro. Frank M. Wheeler, 
Bro. George Cllne and Miss Adda 



M.- 



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Matrimonial. 



BOWERS— SCHWALM.— At the residence of the under, 
lgned, Jan. 10 1895, Mr. Elmer E. Bowers, of Elkhart 
County, and sister Clara A. Schwalm, of St. Joseph County, 
In(i . I. D. Parker. 

PEER— BROWN.— At Martlnsbu-gh, W. Va., Dec. 25, 
1S94, by the undersigned, Mr. I. H. Peer and slitsr Amanda 
C. Brown. J° HN Brindle. 

HOFFMAN— HEASTAND.- At my residence, near 
Homeworth, Ohio, Jan. 13, 189s, Bro. Ira D. Hofiman and 
sister Emma Heastand, both of near Homeworth, Ohio. 

Eli Stroup. 

WIMER -McELWAIN.— By the undersigned, at his res- 
idence, Jan 2, 1895, Mr. Reason E. Wlmer and Miss Llllla 
McElwaln, all of Jackson County, Oregon. 

David Bfower. 

BROWN— SHERER.— By Bro. E. M. Rlttenbouse, at 
his residence, Pioneer, Ohio, Jan. 5. 1895, Mr. Vincent R. 
Brown, of Mansfield, Ohio, and Miss Jennie C. Sherer, of 
Primrose, Williams Co., Ohio. A. A. Throne. 

HOLDER — THOMPSON.— Near Burklttsville, Md., 
Dec. 19, 1894, by the undersigned, Bro. Emmanuel Holder 
and sister Mary R. Thompson, both of near Brownsville. 

David Aushebman. 

KEPLER— GREYTON.— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, near Burklttsville, Md., Dec. 27, 1894, by the under- 
signed, Mr. Ohrum A. Kepler and sister Lovetta C, daughter 
of Bro. Wm. L. Greyton. David Ausherman. 

MOSER— WYAND.— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, Jan. 2, 1895, by the undersigned, Bro. Alpha T. 
Moser, of Broad Run, Md., and sister Fannie C. Wyand, of 
Sharpsburgh, Md. David Ausherman. 

DUGAN— HOCHSTETLER.— By the undersigned, at 
his residence, Bakersvllle, Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 2, 1895, 
Bro. H. A. Dugan and sister Mary Hcchstetler, both of Som- 
erset County, Pa. Robt. T. Hull. 

HARTMAN — SNYDER. — At the residence of the 
groom's father, Bro. Daniel Hartman, near Wayneshorough, 
Pa., Jan. 8, 1895, by the undersigned, Mr. Wm. F. Hartman 
and Miss Ida B. Snyder, both of Franklin County, Pa. 

Wm. A. Anthony. 

PETTIT— METZGER At the residence of the bride's 

parents, near La Place, Piatt Co., 111., Jan. 13, 1895, by the 
undersigned, Mr. John Pettlt and Miss Susan Metzger. 

M.J. McClure. 

HOLCOMB— BOWMAN.— At the residence of W. L. 
Holcomb, Clackamas County, Oregon, Dec. 25, 1894, by the 
undersigned, Mr. Johnny Holcomb and Maytle M. Bowman, 
both of Clackamas County, Oregon. J. A. Royer. 



SHANK— SHOCKEY— By (he undersigned, at his resl- 
dence, at Shady Grove, Pa, Jan 8, 1895, Mr. Abraham 
Shank and Miss Ella Shockey, all of Franklin County, Pa. 
Wm. C Koontz. 

EILER— HEISER— At Cerro Gordo, 111, Jan 9, 1895, 
by the undersigned, Mr. John E. Eller and Miss Alma A. 
Helser. M. J.McClure. 

SCHL ATTER— L ANTZ.— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, near Monitor, Kans., Jan. I, 1895, by the undersigned, 
Mr. Uriah Schlatter and Miss Ora Lantz. S. J. Miller. 

DERR — STEES— At the residence of the undersigned, 
at Nora, 111., Mr. Joseph Derr and thter Hannah Stees, both 
of Wflddam's Grove, 111. Wm. K. Moore. 

CORRELL— SNAVELY— At the bride's home, near 
Orrvllle, Ohio, Jan 8, 1S95, Bro. John E. Correll and sister 
Clara Snavely. James Murray. 



Fallen Asleep. 



PENSKIE.— In the Chenoa church, McLean Co , 111., of 
lung fever, Bro. Charles Penskie, aged 40 years, 3 months 
and 11 days. He leaves a wile, three sons and one daughter. 
Funeral services were held In the Brethren church, by the 
writer, followed In German by Bro. John F. Shultz, assisted 
by the Congregational minister, from Job 14: 1, 2. The de- 
ceased united with our church about seven years ago. 

Henry J. Forney. 

OELLIG.— In the Woodbury church, Bedford Co., Pa, 

Jan. 8, 1S95, Bro. Charles S. Oellig, aged 75 years, 7 months 

[ day. Bro. Oellig was twice married. His first wife 

preceded him to the spirit world about two years. He had 

been a successful practicing physician for many years. He 

es one son, four daughters and a widow, with whom he 

joined In marriage about one year ago. Funeral services 

: conducted In the M. E. church, by elders /. B. Fluck 

and J. B. Miller and Mr. Breneman, pastor of the M. E. 

church, from I Cor. 15: 21, to a large concourse of people. 

J C. Stayer. 

MECKLEY.— In the Spring Creek church, Dauphin Co, 

Pa., Dec. 30, 1894, of consumption, sister Mary Meckley, 

aged 44 years and 17 days. She was a faithful member of 

the Brethren church for twenty-six years. She leaves an 

aged widowed mother, and one sister. Eld. Jacob Longa- 

necker and J. M. Dellzler (Lutheran) conducted the services. 

Text, Luke 10: 42. h B. Aldinger. 

BINGHAM.— In the Sabetha church, Nemaha Co., Kans, 



Bro. Wm. Blnghai 



I 77 ye 



months and IS 1 



He 



..., 



mber of the church for over fifty , 
and six children. Funeral by Ihe writer and 
C.J. Hooper- 



leaves 

R. A. Yoder, from Isa 38: I. 

COX.-At her home, in Antis Township, about five mile" 
from Altoona, Pa., wife of Eld. Samuel Cox, aged 56 years, 3 
months and 1 . days. Death was the result of a fall sustained 
several days previous, by which she dislocated her hip, tnoxe 
one of her limbs and probably sustained Internal Injure . 
She was born in Warrior's Mark, Huntingdon Co., Pa. 1" ' 
same village her marriage look place about fifty-eight years 
ago. Soon after she and her husband removed to the la 
on which she died. She was the mother of <^*°*£ 
For over fifty years she was a consistent and alth |U « -* 
of the Brethren church, being a model Chr IstUn w 
mother. She called for the anointing, which w " , 

to. Funeral services at the old home, to a large ^«™'£ 
people. 



January 29, 1895. 



^OVVERY.— In the Rush Creek congi _ 
gallon, Hocking Co., Ohio, Nov. 29, 1894, 



wife of Bro. Jacob Mowery 
1 1 months 
a kind husband, th; 



sister Ann . 

Aged 76 years, n months and 23 days. She 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



daughters. Funeral set vices by the writer. 
W. Arnold. 
HELSER.— In the bounds of the Jona- 
than's Creek church, Oct. 13, 1894, Elizabeth 
Helser, aged 65 years, 1 1 months and 15 days. 
She was a consistent member of the church 
and was never married. Funeral services by 
the writer. W. Arnold. 

KINDIG. -In the South Beatrice church, 
Gage Co , Nebr , Nov. 14, 1894, oi rheumatic 
and malarial fever, Bro. Charlie Steward 
Klndlg, aged 32 years, 3 months rnd 28 days. 
He was the son of Bro. Henry and 6lster 
Bettle Klndlg, was born in Augusta County, 
Va, and united with the church Oct. 20. 
1893. He lived a very exemplary Christ 
life until death. He leaves a wife and three 
children. Funeral discourse was delivered 
by Eld. Owen Peters, assisted by Eld. Urlas 
Shlck, from Job 14: 1-15 J. B. Ruff. 

TALLHELM— Near Shady Grove, Pa, 
Jan. 6, 1S95, Susan, wile of Calvin Tallhelm, 
aged 34 years, 8 months and r day. She 
leaves a husband and six small children. 
Services by the writer, from Amos 4: 12. 
Interment at the Brown's Mill church ceme- 
tery- W« C. Koontz. 

SHAULEY.-At his daughter'*, sister 
Furgerson, Dec. -23, 1894, David D. Shauley, 
aged 78 years, 4 months and 10 days. Fu- 
neral on Ch'lslmas Day, by the writer and 
Bro. Jeremiah Faust. Robert T. Hull. 

MICHAEL— In the Middle Fork church, 
Clinton Co.Ind.Dec 2S, 1894, Bro. Ellas 
Michael, aged 63 years, Ir months and 23 
days. Our brother was In his usual health 
until the evening of his death, when he left 
the house and was found dead by one of the 
family a short time after. He was baptized 
Nov 20, 1S94, while Bro. D. C. Campbell 
was here. He leaves a wife and five chil- 
dren. Funeral rervlces by Eld. Solomon 
Blickenstaff, from Heb. 13: r 4 

John E. Mhtzgir. 

SCHROCK— NfarScullton.MlddleCreek 
congregat'on, Pa, Jan. 9, 1S95, of scarlet 
fever and croup, Minnie Pearl, daughter of 
Bro. William and Annie Schrock, aged 7 
years, 8 months and r day. Funeral in the 
house by the writer. Geo. W. Lowrv. 



MERKEY.— Near Mt. Aetna, Va, Jan. ( 
■S95, sister Rebecca M. Merkey, aged 5 
years, ir months and 10 days. She wa 
turled at Merkey's meetinghouse, In Llttli 
Swatara church. She was loved by all who 
knew her for her kindness and well doing. 
Funir.l by Bro. Abraham Pfoulz and Eld. 
Mn Herlzler and others. D. P. Zisgler. 

CRUM._In the Rogue River Valley 
church, near Talent, Oregon, Dec. 31, 1894. 
•liter Nina, wife of Bro. Peter Crum, aged 28 
years, 4 months and 26 days. She leaves a 
husband and three children. They left Man- 
j-le, Ind., about three months age, and had 
»een here about a month when she died. 
°he was burled close to our meetinghouse 
J""- 2. Funeral sermon by Bro. David 
,ower - Susan M. Rhodes, 

BUEGHLY.-I„ the Grundy church, near 
W=comb, Iowa, Jan. 6, 1S9J, Elizabeth 
° uc gMy, aged 79 years, 4 months and 18 
°W- Sister Bueghly was a faithful member 
01 'he German Baptist church over fifty 
years. Funeral services at the Disciple 
Lizzie Bovd. 
s HOLTER._i„ the Buffalo Valley Con- 
don, Union Co., Pa., Nov. 27, ,894 

and ," d n a ry Sh0 " er ' aged 56 *™*' » ™"' hs 
M "8 days. Services by the writer. 

J. L, Beaver. 
OMo l 'i K;E '~ In ' he Su S" r Rli & "hutch, 

lr - J -ner., : erv,cesbyB.Dav,dLyt,e, 



pu^^ e cr e 8 chur v h,R,! - 

-geneinfar,, ^JZL&J*™ 

May Wllber, aged 1 month and 2 days Fu 
neral services by Bro. C. S. Holslnger. 

Florence Fikk. 
KIGER.-At Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 2, 1895. 
Bro. John Kiger, aged 87 years, 7 rnonrjf, 
and 5 days. He was born In Rockbridge 
County, Va. Funeral services by J. w 
Bowman, from Job 14: ,0. Jos.ahEby " 
WALFORD.-I„ the La P„„e church, 

Waif"? C V Ind " D ' C - '* l8 94' Aurllla 
Walford, aged 4, years, 8 months and 4 da„. 
See was born In Belmont County, Ohio, and 
came to Indiana when eleven years old and 
made her home in Brown Countv. She lest 
her hearing at eleven years of age and com- 
:nced going to the r/eaf mute school at 
thlrte:n years of age. She went lo school 
years. She was married to Jasper J 
Cross In 1874. To this union were born 
eight children. Four preceded the mother 
The husband and four children are left. 
Services by the writer, from Dan. 12: 2, 3. 
R. J.Shreve. 
BOWMAN.-In Franklin County, Va , 
near Bethlehem church, Dec. 29, 1894, of 
scrofula and nturalgla, sister Mary Bowman 
(»«« Graybll,), aged 65 years, 3 months and 6 
days. She has been a conslstr nt member of 
the German Bap'.lst Brethren church for a 
iber of years. She was married to Bro 
William Bowman In 1884. She leaves her 
husband and nine children. Funeral services 
by the Brethren, from the words, "I i 
ready to be cBered." Isaac Bowman 



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No. 6. 



Table of Contents. 

EDITORIAL,— 

Bro. Miller's Programme, 

Feet-washing, 

t>,is> Depa'tm,,,: 

Our Scrap Book. 

POETRY,— 

Beyond the Shining River. By Charles Edward Nair, 
Give a Kind Word when Yon can 

ESSAYS — 

How to be Saved. By B. F. Moomaw 

The Messeoger and His Message. By C. H. BaVbaug 

Onr Words. By Levi Mohler, 

Balancing and Hiring. By Jacob S. Zigler 

MISSIONARY AND TRACT WORK,— 

The Chicago Mission Work. By Li*rie B. Howe, . . 
" Many a Little Make; a Muckle." By J. S. Flory, . . 
Have You a Good Sunday School? By Jesse N. Englc, 
How We are Saved by Grace. By Mary M. Con. . . . 
TheConsideratenessofGod. By G. M. Throne,. . . 
" Be not Conformed to this World, but be Ye Transitu 

What Shall I and What Shall I not Do with Gold? By J 
Corean Women 



Six came out on the Lord's side at a meeting 
recently held in Fairview church, Mo. 



A Bible school is to be held at the Bucking- 
ham meetinghouse, Bay County , Mo., commenc- 
ing Feb. 14. Particulars next week. 

Bbo. Samuel Click of N8Vod,, Mo., was with ob 
over last Sunday. He is on his way Bast, expect- 
ing to spend some months in Virginia, 

Bbo. L. T. Holsingeb closed his meetings 
at the Newton church, Ohio, Jan. 27, with seven- 
teen accessions. So writes Bro. D. D. Wine, of 
Covington. 

Writing from Johnstown, Pa., Bro. J. C. Har- 
rison says, three united with the church, Jan. 
20, by baptism, at Walnut Grove, in the Johns- 
town congregation. 

Last week Northern Illinois was visited by the 
most severe snowstorm of the season. The 
weather was very cold and the snow drifted so as 
to make traveling difficult. 



Bbo. S. N. Evebbole, of North Dakota, writes 
us from Dayton, Ohio, that he has been enjoy- 
ing some pleasant meetings among the Brethren 
in Indiana and Ohio. He will next visit San- 
dusky County, Ohio. 



All subscriptions received after this date must 
commence with this issue, as our supply of 
back numbers is about exhausted. Of No. 2 
we are entirely out. It is to be regretted that 
all of our subscribers did not renew in time 
to get all the issues for the year. 

Bbo. Albion 0. Daggett, whose address is 
now changed from Burr Oak, Kans ., to Villa 
Park, Colo., would be pleased to have the names 
of members' ohildrer and friends living in Den- 
ver, that he may visit them, and induce them 
to attend the services held in that place. Especi- 
ally would he like to have the names of snoh as 
our readers would like him to visit. He may 
be addressed at No. 848 Fish Avenue. 



Bbo Andbew Hutchison writes us that hia 
health is improving since he reached Florida, 
He is preaching daily, trad speaka very encourag- 
ingly of. the zsal manifested by .the people. He 
may bs addressed at Kinks, Fla. 

Sisteb Ida M. Hudson writes that Bro. Geo. 
E, Stndebaker closed a meeting in the Prairie 
View ohnrch, Kaae , Jan. 20, with nine acces- 
sions by baptism and one applicant. This makes 
eighteen additions dating the last thirteen 
months. 

Bbo. T. T. Myers reports five accessions in the 
Pniladelphia charoh quite recently. He is now 
engaged in preaching a number of doctrinal ser- 
mons, and finds that people give special attention 
to this line or: preaching We need more in- 
telligent doctrinal preaching in all of our church- 
es. 

On the evening cf Jan. 28, after delivering 
twenty-nine discourses, Bro. G. L. Studabaker 
closed an interesting series of meetings in the 
Oakland church, Ohio, with eight accessions by 
confession and baptism. So writes sister Mina 
H. Bosserman, of Bradford, Ohio. The meetings 
were largely attended. 



The Special Bible Term of the Mt. Morris Col- 
lege closed last week. It was quite well attended 
by young ministers, and some older ones, but the 
attendance was not as large as it ahould have been. 
These special terms in ail of our schools are free, 
and while they are intended for ministers in par- 
ticular, they prove a great help io others interest- 
ed in Bible study generally. 



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tion ahould notice the date stamped to the right 
of their name on the paper. If the date says 
J95 it shows that their subscription has not 
been renewed. Bnt if they have renewed, the 
date should read I 96. If there are any mistakes 
report them to us at once. Do not look for a 
change of date until two weeks after the remit- 
tance has been made. 



We must ask our patrons to exercise patience 
towards ua on account of the business depart- 
ment being greatly crowded. Those sending 
money may have to wait one month for their 
receipts. Bat those making remittance by draft 
or money order need have no fears at any rate. 
By February 10 we hope to have responded to 
all the communications received during January, 
and from that time on will probably be able 
to answer our patrons more promptly. 

Teabs ago a well-informed man greatly sur- 
prised his friends by confessing Christ. When 
the affair was mentioned to him some years later, 
he said he was convinced of his duty for twenty 
years, bnt his wife had teased him so much about 
coming to the church that he became stubborn 
and would not yield to the GospBl oall. Of 
course he did wrong in resisting oonviotion, bnt it 
would have been better had his wife understood 
more about human nature and labored with him 
differently. 



Considebable stir was made about one year 
ago by a Mr. Webb, au American convert to 
Mohammedanism, open'nj a mosque in New York 
and starting a paper iu the interest ot his new 
faith. He operated on money furnished by 
wealthy Mohammedans of Arabia, and it was ex- 
pected by them that Mr. Webb would make 
scores of oonverta. It is now reported that the 
masque has gone to other utres, the paper has 
caased its issues and Mr. Webb himself haa dis- 
appeared. 

Hundbeds of onr little people might do a good 
work by gathering subscribers for the Young 
Disciple We have oonoluded to make them • 
special off a. Any one who will Bend ten yearly 
subscriptions for the Young Disciple, accompan- 
ied by $5 00, will receive a copy of sister Mil- 
ler's book free. Hare is a chance for the boys 
and girls. The Young Disciple is au illustrated 
weekly paper, price, fifty cents a year, and should 
be in all families where there ate young people. 
We hope to receive many orders inside of the 
next few weeks. 

Writing concerning a series of meetings one 
of our correspondents says the members in that 
locality are not taking the interest in the services 
they should Au occurrence of thia kind is in- 
deed unfortunate, E eery saint, having the cause 
of Christ at heart, should take special interest 
in the protracted efforts made to gather souls 
into the church, And while this ie true, the 
aeiv'c;s should also be conduoted iu a way that 
need not prove offsnsive to the members. All 
things should be conducted with a view of edi- 
fying and instructing. 



It is altogether possible, when the cap of the 
New Testament is passed on Communion occa- 
sions, for communicant eto merely touch the fruit 
of the vine with their iips, and not swallow even 
one drop of th6 contents. This is not sufficient. 
Jesus commanded his disciples to eat of the bread 
and drink of the cnp. Concerning the cop it ie 
said of the apostles, "And they all drank of it." 
Mark 14: 23. If one may not drink of the cup, 
bat merely touch the contents with the lips, he 
may do likewise to the bread, and thus pave the 
way for getting rid of both. Except we eat of 
that bresd and drink of that cup we have no life 
in us. 

Bbo. N. S, Dale, of Cornell, III., has been 
keeping, by States, the number of additions to 
the church, by baptism, reported in the Messen- 
ger in 1894, His figures stand thus: Illinois, 
470; loya, 353; Indiana, 725; Ohio, 352; Missouri, 
155; Km3as, 421; Nebraska, 259; Pennsylvania, 
766; Virginia, 741; West Virginia, 199; Michigan, 
90; California, 56; Tennessee, 23; Oklahoma, 
97; Maryland, 155; Florida, 16; North Carolina, 
25; Texas, 17; Louisiana, 11; Arkansas, 37; New 
Jersey, 12; Denmark, 7; Colorado, 21; Wisoon- 
21; Oregon, 23; Alabama, 7; Washington, 
D. 0., 1; Minnesota, 1, The accessions, as given 
by Bro, Dale, do not show the number of ad- 
ditions reported by some others who have kept 
count during the year, but the information given 
will prove interesting reading, at least. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



February 6, 1896. 



■ESSAYS*- 



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BKYOND THE SHINING BIVBB. 

BY CHARLKS EDWARD NAIR. 

Just beyond the shining river 

That divides this vale of tears 
And the home of peace forever, 

Lies a land of happy years. 
Just beyond the shining river, 

Where the shining angels dwell, 
We shall meet to part, — no, never, — 

Dear ones we once loved so well. 
Just beyond the shining river 

Golden portals ever shine, 
Where the ransomed ones are ever 

Free from thoughts of day's decline. 

Just beyond the shining river, 

On the border of that land, — 
One by one the loving Savior 
Welcomes them upon the strand. 
Bauer's Mill, Va. 



HOW TO BE SAVED. 

• 

BY B. F MOOMAW. 

" For by grace are ye saved through faith ; and that not 
of yourselves : It Is the gift of God: not of works, lest any 
man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created In 
Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before or- 
dained that we should walk In them."— Eph. 2 : S-lo. 

Gbaoe may be defined eg " The exeroise of love, 
kindnesB or good will: disposition to benefit or 
serve another," " Favor bestowed or privilege 
conferred." May we not aay favor bestowed 
and privilege conferred? 

"It was the grace of God that opened the 
way for the exarcise of mercy to men before the 
world began and was made manifest by the ap- 
pearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who brought 
life and immortality to light through the Gos- 
pel." 2 Tim. 1:8-10. That is his purpose in 
giving. This grace existed in the divine mind 
before the foundation of the world, and accord- 
ingly he created man with an intelligent mind, 
all 1he faculties of his wonderful physical nature, 
and the immortal soul, with the grave responsi- 
bilities resting upon him. He also opened be- 
fore him the book Gf nature, the wonderful 
works of God. The heavens declare h'B glory, 
and the firmament ihoweth his handiwork. 
" The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord 
hath made both of them." Prov. 20: 12. "These 
are the favors bestowed" and are the Lord's 
work, entirely apart from any work that we have 
done or that is possible for us to do. We see 
with our eyes the heavens and their beauties. 
"We hear with onr ears the blessed Gospel of 
the Bon of God. We believe in the Father, and 
we believe also in the Son, our Radeemer and 
Savior, and the Holy Ghost, onr instructor and 
sanctifier. 

Here our work begins. Lialen! "Incline 
your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your 
soul shall live." lea. 65:3. "Come unto me, 
all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I 
will give yon rest." Matt. 11:28 How shall 
we come? We answer, By faith in the favor 
bestowed we are juBtifijd, and here the "privi- 
lege conferred" comes in, and through faith 
made perfect we are sanctified and saved. 
Through faith means "from beginning to end," 
and is the gift of God through the faculties of 
the mind, — just as we believe everything that 
we hear through reliable authority. "Faith 
not a miracle, it eometh by hearing, and hear- 
ing by the Word of God. How can we believe 



except we hear ? " " It is not a deviation from the 
known laws of natnre, not a supernatural event. 
We hear the Word of God, " incline onr ear," and 
coma to him, believing as the Penteoostians and 
others, This we present as an object lesson to 
impress the mind on the leading thought in this 
subject, " What shall I do to be saved?" 

None have ever believed more sincerely than 
they. The Penteoostians saw their condition and 
were convicted of their sins. But this was not 
enough, and in distress they exclaimed, " Men 
and brethren, what shall we do?" And what 
was the reply? Was it, "Only believe"? No, 
sir, but " Rapent and be baptized for the remis- 
sion of sins." Repent and be converted that 
your sins may be blotted out, and the promise 
is yours, and the favor is bestowed in the par- 
don of your sins. Having "obeyed from the 
heart that form of doctrine which was delivered 
nnto ns, being then made free from sin, we are 
now new creatures in Christ Jesus." 2 Cor. 
5: 17. Or, as in our text, we are "created anew 
in Christ Jesus, unto good works, which God 
hath ordained that we should walk in them." 
Matt. 28: 20. The question may arise in onr 
mind, How do we get into Christ JesuB? The 
apostle answers, " Know ye not that so many 
of us as were baptized into Christ, have put on 
Christ?" Bom, 6:3; Gal. 3:27 Having re- 
ceived Christian baptism, not Novation baptism, 
as instituted about the year 252, nor Eanomian 
baptism of 375, we have the baptism authorized by 
God and not of men, Mark 11:30-33, and com- 
manded by Christ, with other ordinances, to be 
practiced unto the end of the world. 

With this the history of the jailer corresponds. 
He, seeing his situation, appealed to the apostles, 
asking the question, " Sirs, what must I do to 
ba saved?" Ha, not having heard of Christ, 
knew nothing of this grace, " the favor bestowed." 
The first thing to do was to believe on him, 
" and thou shalt be saved." Not yet, but " shalt 
be." He having brought them out of the inner 
prison, they spake the Word of the Lord to 
him and all the family circle. They certainly 
told them what more was necessary and, be- 
lieving it all, he took them immediately to a 
suitable place, where a supply of water was at 
hand, to wash their Btripes and all were bap- 
tized, and bringing them into his hoase, he pro- 
vided refreshments and, through faith, so far 
made perfect, having availed themselves of the 
"privilege conferred," realized the favor be- 
stowed, was made happy and all rejoiced togeth- 
er. "Blessed are they that do his command- 
ments, that they may have right to the tree 
of life, and may enter in through the gates into 
the oity." Bev. 22: 14. So also in the case 
of Paul's conversion. When the Lord smote him, 
and in an audible voice spake to him, he heard, 
and at once believed and immediately prayed 
and, trembling, said, " Lord, what wilt thou have 
me to do?" And the Lord referred him to 
his minister in Damascus, who would tell him 
what he must do. And Ananias found him, as 
instructed, and behold he was praying, thus giv- 
ing unmistakable evidence of his faith and 
repentance. He knew that ail was right, so far, 
and told him to arise and be baptized and wash 
away hia sins. Did any one ever believe more 
sincerely or pray more fervently? And yet he 
must be baptized, that his sins should be washed 
away. How clearly do these three cases settle 
the question that our sins are not pardoned by 
faith alone, or with repentance apart from bap- 
tism. Don't tell me that faith alone will save 
me, or that I need not pray or be baptized for 
the remission of my sins. "He that believeth 
and is baptized, Bhall be saved." Mark 16: 16. 

By the grace of God the favor has been be- 



stowed, and the privilege conferred upon every, 
body. "It was the grace of God that opened 
the way for the exeroise of mercy toward men," 
and if aooepted npon the conditions prescribed 
the favor of pardon and final salvation will be 
bestowed, for God has promised and will gi Te 
it, provided " we go on unto perfection, purify- 
ing onr sonls in obeying the truth through the 
Spirit." 1 Pet. 1:22. Being born again by 
the Word of God which Iiveth and abideth for. 
ever, and being new creaturea in Christ Jesus, 
if we are such indeed, we will put off the old 
man. We will lay aside all filthinese and super- 
iority, such as trifling amusements, foolish talk, 
ing and jesting, all lustfnl practices, and Buch 
things as worldly people indulge in, whioh is 
idolatry. Col. 3:5. Draw the line between 
the church and the world and be sure to keep 
on the side of the church. " Put on the new 
man, which after onr Lord is created in right- 
eouBnesB and true holiness." Eph. 4: 22-24, 
Bead the second, third and fourth chapters for 
a lesson on this snbject, and also the third chap- 
ter of Oolossians, and keep as far as possible on 
the safe side. 

This snbjeot may be illustrated by our mate- 
rial affairs. God has given us, through the agen- 
cy of onr ancestors, a good farm with stock and 
farming implements and a comfortable residence, 
with honaehold appurtenances. The forest is 
cleared away, the soil is fertile, and all is sup- 
plied that is necessary to make farming a suc- 
cess. With God's promise that seed-time and 
harvest, summer and winter, shall never fail, 
the early and late rains shall be supplied, he 
has given us brain and muscle. God has done 
all this for ns. His grace is sufficient for us. 
It is " a favor by him bestowed," and the privi- 
lege is conferred to utilize these advantages, 
with the promise of success. I believe him to be 
faithful and able, and willing to do all this 
for me. I propose to trust him, but if I fail to 
do the part assigned to me, will he bestow the 
favor of filling my barn with hay, my garner 
with wheat, my crib with corn and my dairy with 
milk and bntter, or will he supply my table with 
the necessary comforts of life? No, Bir. We 
do not expect it, and we go to work to do our 
part and the blessings attend us. 

Just so in our spiritual relations. He has 
given to man to have dominion over the work 
of his hands, over all the earth. Gen. 1:26. 
He has given ns the field, the book of nature, 
divine revelation, a suitable material nature, 
intelligent minds, a responsible soul, and his 
church organized, where all our necessities can 
be supplied, and says, " Come now and let ns 
reason together. Though your sins be as scar- 
let, they shall be as white as snow; though they 
ba red as crimson, they Bhall be as wool. If ye 
ba willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good 
of the land: but if ye refnse and rebel, ye shall 
be devoured with the sword: for the mouth 
of the Lord hath spoken it." Isa. 1: 18-20. All 
things are now ready, the privilege is conferred, 
the invitation proclaimed, " Come unto me and 
I will give you rest." " The spirit and- the bride 
say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. 
And let him that is athirst come. And whosoev- 
er will, let him take the water of life freely." 
" Come into my vineyard and whatsoever is right 
I will give you." With all this, if you will 
not come, who is to blame? Now hear, "If the 
word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every 
transgression received a juBt recompense of 
reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so 
great salvation?" 



" Experience is the name men give their fol- 
lies or their sorrows," 



February 5, 1S95. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGEI{. 



H3 



ABOUSDIHG IN THE WOBK 0? THE I0BD- 
1 Cor. 15: 58 



Partial Report oj Sermon pr, 

tS, i8<)4, !>y W. M. Lyoi 

has been Delayed til, 



of Spa, 



In thin verse we have a thvee.fold admonition 
from the great apostle. From the preceding 
verses we learn that some of the Corinthian 
brethren had lost faith, at least to some extent, 
in the doctrine of the resurrection from the dead. 
This great article of faith onoe doubted, and we 
make entrance for the adversary to come in 
and blast our brightest hopes and take away onr 
peace and happiness. To doubt any part of the 
divine Word gives unrest and brings destruc- 
tion upon ns, And more especially do we bring 
upon ufl the most awful results, when we deny 
the doctrine of the resurrection, — the great doc- 
trine of a future state. Blot that out from the 
minds of the people, and anarchy, despotism, 
crimes, evil of all kinds, would reign supreme. 
Take away from the world the belief of this great 
doctrine and yon remove the foundation upon 
which rests the pease and prosperity of nations, 
as well as the cemforis and joys of the believ- 
er. " If in this life only we have hope in Ohrist, 
we are of all men most miserable." 1 Cor. 15: 
19. 

I would note this point: If all were to accept 
this doctrine, — accept it, believe it truly with 
heart and mind and soul, surely many more 
would abound in the Lord's work. Too many 
hold this mighty, this stupendous truth, but 
vaguely in their unbelieving minds, — hold it 
loosely, — act as though they never expeoted to 
stand before the presence of the great Judge of 
all the earth! Such do not, can not "love the 
appearing of the Son of men," and therefore can 
not " abound in the work of the Lord." 

I now ask, What is it to " abound in the work 
of the Lord?" To abocrd in anything we must 
havs much, or do much. There must be an 
abundant supply. 

Next, "What is the work of the Lord?" That 
must constitute the work of the Christian. Je- 
sus says (John 5:17), *' My Father worketh 
hitherto and I work," His whole life was spent 
m working. He " went about doing good." Acts 
10: 38 He says to ns abo, "Son, go work 
to day in my vineyard." Matt. 21:2b He lived 
this doctrine. We, too, must live it. That is 
to abound in his work. We do it because we 
have his life, — his spirit, — his love, and there- 
fore his mission will be ours, and his reward 
ours. And right here let us note the fact that 
"even Ohrist pleased not himself" (Km, 15:3), 
fulfilling the prophecy of Psb. 69: 9. How mBny 
abound in thia part of the work of Christ? How 
miserably selfish many are! No Christ in that, — 
no abounding, — no blessing. Selfishness and 
Christianity can not dwell together. 

In the next place, let me say that before we 
can abound with and in the work of Christ, we 
must be filled with gratitude and love toward 
him. The true lover abounds in anything and 
everything that will please his sweetheart. He 
studiously and scrupulously avoids everything 
that has even the least tendency to displease 
the object of his love. He makes rcsny sacri- 
fices to please her whom he loves above all others. 
Now, then, our love to Ohrist must even be 
stronger than this,— so strong that we would 
forsake even father, mother, lover, life, anything, 
—everything rather than Jesus who hath given 
his life for onr sakes. Will onr love to Christ 
stand this test? If so, rest assured you will 
abound in every good work. Tell me, is not 
this the doctrine of the Gospel? 



This question arises here: Of how much am 
I willing to deny myself on account of Christ's 
cause? How much time? How ranoh money? 
How much dil yon say? Many, very many, fail 
here. They give practically nothing to support 
the Lord's work. The Lord Jesus Ohrisf, who 
bcught them with his own blood, they put off 
with pennies while they consume guineas on 
themselves. They give him nickels and dimes 
while they keep, to consume for self-gratification, 
the dollar?,— fines— tens— twenties. Then they 



and, 



■' Here, Lord, I give myself away;" 

" Were the whole realm of nature mine, 
That were a present far too small ; 
Love so amazing, so divine, 
Demands my life, my soul, my ALT.." 

Many to-day are bowing down to the goddess 
of fashion and are giving liberally,— giving ten 
times, yea, twenty times (and shall I stop there?) 
—as much as they are willing to give to the work 
of the Lordl Oan such abound in the Lord's 
work? 

I believe that many abound in offerings to 
the God of Philpp, 3: 19, who profess to abound 
in the work of the Living God 1 Whose god is 
their body,— yes, THB1E BODY. If they can 
not manage to consume all their substance on 
the outside, they will consume the balance on 
the inside I 0, these body-worshipers 1 Would 
you worship this body that will soon be food 
for the worms of the earth, — this body that may, 
ere another week rolls by, be sleeping beneath 
the clods of the valley, — this body that must 
be summoned into the presence of the eternal 
God at the great judgment? 

My hearers, let none of us make idols of this 
body. I hear some one say, " Ah, I know that 
I am not a devotee of Fashion, therefore, I feel 
clear." Do yon? But don't forget this: There 
are thousands of body- worshipers, — self-plessers, 
— mammon-lovers, going about in plain clothes.' 
How do I know? Facts are ftarful things. 
Millions of souls starving, dying, while millions 
of dollars are tightly clutched by those who, 
by profession, are abounding (?) in the Lord's 
work. Abounding in SELF! That is the differ, 
enco. Suppose I want to sell yon a ten-thouEand 
dollar property. I hear that yon want it and 
Bro. A tells me that you have lots of money, — 
that yon abonnd in wealth. The deed is drawn, 
contract made, signed, etc , and then you step 
np and propose to put me eff with a cash pay- 
ment of twenty fine dollars! I would think there 
wasn't much business about you, — that you cer- 
tainly did not abound in wealth, or you did not 
want the property. Well, that seems to be the 
way many abound in the work of the Lord. 
That is the way they " lay up treasures in heav- 
en." They make large payments to the Lord's 
work, sometimes pennies, sometimes nickels, 
sometines dimes, or even a quarter or more, and 
frequently all this abounding in the work of the 
Lord within a period of one year! 

Dear friends, I beg of you, not to live for 
self. I ask yon to count np what you have 
spent unnecessarily, injuriously, on the body, 
in the body, for the body, for self, for earthly 
treasure ; then compare that with what you have 
given to the Lord's cause. How does it look? 
How would yon like to stand before Christ's 
presence, and the accounts stand, " All for self," 
on the one hand, " None for thee," on the other, 
or if it be too strong to say none for Ohrist, 
it may be the bare leavings for him! O, this 
body worship! How many are guilty I Pleasing 
self,— diBpleasiDg God! 

Now what iB the trouble? Snoh have not given 
themselves to Ohrist. They have refused to 



trust him. They are Christians simply by theo- 
ry, not by practice. His love can not abound 
iu the heart or it would abound and creep out 
through the life, the mouth, the hands, the feet, 
and even the parse ! 

A few years ago, a brother, then living at 
Bridgewater, Va, with his family, were saved 
from drowning by a colored man. That brother 
would come to the help and rescue of that 
colored man at any time, because his heart 
abounds with love and gratitude toward the one 
who saved him and his family from death. So 
will we do toward Christ, if we do truly love 
him and appreciate what he has done for us. 

I owe a large sum of money. I see no possible 
way to pay the debt. It is overdue. Judgment 
comes. My property is about to be sold. A 
friend steps iu and lifts the obligation. Tell 
me, if you please, could I help showing my grati- 
tude to him? Would I not abound in works 
and actions to please him ? Why, then, can we 
not do so for Christ's sake? He came and lifted 
the great debt eff the back of this world. He 
did thia for your sake a'_J mine. Shall we not 
appreciate it? We will, if onr hearts are not 
atone. 

To abound in Christ's work, we must trust 
him fully, — trust him with anything, at all times, 
under all circumstances. We must trust him, 
even with our pocket-books. Ton oan not pos- 
sibly abound in good works unless you do that. 
Many of the poor heathen put to shame many 
professed Christians in our enlightened land. 
Many, when they accept Ohrist, even sell their 
very beds. — forsake nil, — to follow him,— to tell 
others what he has done for them. I gee such 
standing up in the jsdgment, condemning thou- 
sands who profess to be abounding in the work 
of the Lord and who live in the land of Bibles. 

Why not trust like the lady referred to in 
the la'e Brethren's Missionary Visitor? She 
was afraid if she trusted Ohrist, he would send 
her to China as a missionary. The clergyman 
said: "See that robin out there in the cold and 
sleet, shivering, perishing? Put your handout 
at the window with a few crumbs. It lights 
upon it and begins to eat. What would you 
do with it?" "Why," she said, "I would take 
it in and care for it, because it trusted me." 
"Well then," said the minister, "will yon not 
trust Ohrist who has promised to care for you 
under all conditions?" Two years pass. The 
same lady and gentleman meet again. The lady 
asked if he still remembered the story of the 
robin. He did. "Well," said she, "I trusted 
him and I'm going to China! 1 ' O, what wonder- 
ful things we would do if we were only willing 
to trust him fully and let him use us! If you 
are not abounding in his work, you are not pre- 
pared to die, — not ready to meet him. 

To leve and trust him supremely means to 
make sacrifices for his sake and cause a joy, 
a pleasure. If you find it a hard task to give 
to the Lord's cause, give more, keep on giving 
till you conquer your love for money. If you 
find it a task to attend the house of worship, 
go cftener. Christ said, " It is more blessed to 
give than receive." Are you afraid to trust him 
on that? 

You are in great need- You get help. You 
say, "O, what a blessing! Some one else is in 
need. You do the helping this time. You give. 
Now then, Christ says, " That is a greater bless- 
ing to you than the other." Are you ready to 
believe it? If not, you must join issue with 
Christ. How oan you abound in his love? I 
inow this is an unpopular doctrine to preach. 
I found that out long Ego, but if I refuse to 
preaoh it, I betray my Lord and Savior as Judas 
did who sold him for a few pieces of silver I 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



February 6, 1896 . 



And here we reach another point: We have 
said, and proved, I think, too, that to " always 
abonnd in the work of the Lord," we must first 
love and trnst Christ supreme-ly, and that im- 
plies another grand principle, viz., onr lives 
are filled with j >y and peace, instead of unrest, 
care and worry. Ton oan not abonnd in Ohriat's 
work while yon ate worrying. They tell ns that 
worry has been a great factor in destroying the 
health of the Czar of Russia who is now standing 
near the gates of death. And while, in many 
respects, he is worthy of admiration and imita- 
tion, yet the God of all comfort is abundantly 
able to take all worry and fret ont of him, if 
he wonld only trnst him fully. 0, if the time 
spent in worrying were only spent praising God 
and prating to him, what a wonderful change 
there wonld be in this world of ours ! And if 
the time and labor and money that are oonsumed 
in self-gratification were expended in behalf 
of the cause of Christ, it would wipe out the 
great evils that to-day are threatening to destroy 
the social fabric of the nations, as well as the 
progress of the Gospel of Jeeus Christ in its 
saving power! 

Again, to abonnd in the woik of the Lord, 
meanB that we are willing to let 2 Cor. 12:15 
find its fulfillment in us. Ah, it means much 
"to spend and be spent" for the Gospel's sake. 
Ton say, " That jnst applies to Paul, — to preach- 
ers." Don't deceive yourself. It means you, ev- 
ery one of yon, just as much as it means me 
or Paul. Moreover, in all this great expendi- 
ture for Ohriat's take, it may even be done con- 
trary to natural law. " The more abundantly 
I love, the less I be loved." This means some- 
thing of the abounding for Christ's sske. The 
natural man can not do that. I am glad that 
we may reach that blessed condition. It is yours 
if you will have it, if you will abound in good 
works. When favors or love are not appreciated, 
not reciprocated, the Adamic nature says, " Don't 
continue this abounding," but the second Adam 
intercedes and says, " If thine enemy hunger, 
feed him, if he thirst, give him drink." Where 
Christ's love dwells his work must abound! Ton 
can do these things only through the Holy Spir- 
it's help. 

Having this Spirit and Christ's love in the 
heart we must abonnd in doing the work of 
the Lord No trouble then about loving God 
with all our heart, mind, Bonl, might, and our 
neighbor as onrseif. This is abounding in the 
work of the Lord. Loving God with all our 
might. Sslf is swallowed np. We, then, like 
David, will love God's "commandments above 
gold." How many reach this standard? How 
many abound? 

THE MESSENGER AHD EIS MESSAGE. 

BY C. H. BAL8BAUGH 

To Brethren Henry Bollinger and Samuel Wit- 
mer, of Spring Creek Church, Dauphin Co., 
Pa..— 

"If any man speak, let him speak as the 
oracles of God." 1 Pet. 4:11. "Preach the 
Wobd." 2 Tim. 4: 2. " Christ sent me not tp 
baptize but to preach the Gospel." 1 Cor. 1:17. 
" We preaoh not ourselves, but Christ Jetus the 
Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesns' 
sake." 2 Cor. 4:5 "We are ambassadors for 
Christ as though God did beseech yon by ns; 
we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled 
to God." 2 Cor. 5:20. "This is the message 
which we have heard of Him, and declare unto 
you, that God is liqht, and in Him is no dabk- 
ness at all." 1 John 1: 6. " I determined not 
to know anything among yon, save Jesus Christ, 
and Him crucified." 1 Cor. 2:2. "We a 



not as many, which corrupt the word of God: 
but as of sincerity, but AS of God, in the sight 
of God speak we in Christ." 2 Cor. 2: 17. " By 
manifestation of the truth commending ourselves 
to every man's oonsoience in the sight of God." 
2 Cor. 4:2 Is it any wonder that Paul oharges 
Timothy " before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, 
who shall judge the quick and the dead at His 
appearing and His kingdom," to preaoh the un- 
adulterated evangel of heaven? Happy the min- 
ister who can say, "I take yon to record, that 
I am pure from the blood of all men; for I have 
not shunned to deolare unto yon all the oonnsel 
of God." Acta 20:20-27. 

To "preach Jesus," to proclaim "the Gospel 
of the Son of God," to be the spokesman of 
Jehovah, to be the herald of eternal Troth and 
infinite righteousness and holiness, is a mission 
for which only those are qualified who are " filled 
with all the fullness of God." Bph. 3: 19. 

Not long since a ministering brother said to 
me, "I fear I have not suffiaient magnetism 
in my nature to make a successful minister." 
Christ not only gives the answer, bnt is person- 
ally the solution of the problem. "I, if I be 
lifted upfront the earth, will draw all men un- 
to me." John 12: 32. " CRUCIFIED WITH 
CHRIST." This is the essence and totality of 
the Christian life, and the mighty magnetism 
of the Ouristian ministry. Gal. 2: 20. It is not 
the geometry of our sermons and prayers, not 
their arithmetic, not their oratory; but their 
sincerity and spirituality. Neither their length 
nor multiplicity nor elegance, will make them 
the vehicles of the Holy Ghost in the conversion 
of souls. Ton may fascinate people by your 
rhetoric, melt them with your pathos, convince 
them by your logic, and transport them by your 
analogies, and yet not preach Christ nnto them. 
Learning, elc qience and self, are apt to be in 
oiose association. 1 Cor. 8: 1, 2. Sanctified men- 
tal culture is one of the rarities. The conscious- 
ness of intrinsic capacity necessarily acoompauies 
intellectual evolution, whioh in numberless in- 
stances supersedes the didactic function cf the 
Holy Spirit. 

"Keep yourselves in the love of God, praying 
in the Holy Ghost." Jade 20:21. This will 
always keep us under the inspiration and im- 
pulse of the Incarnation, and the cross, and the 
resurrection, and all the current and eternal in- 
terests of the kingdom of God. Christ was not 
only " a teacher come from God," but He was 
what He taught. The best and most effective 
knowledge is not that which we gather from the 
study of the Bible, but that which is immedi- 
ately imparted by "the spirit of truth." Not 
theology but Christianity is the message God 
gives us to deliver. John 16: 13-15, and 1 John 
2:27. 

College training is not to be despised, but it 
can never be a substitute for the personal tuition 
of the Holy Ghost. In Gal. 1:11, 12 we have 
a sample of a genuine, God-made preaoher. 
Christendom is overstocked with big-brained 
empty-hearted, college-manufactured clergymen, 
who can tell ns many fine things, and ravish 
our fancy with glowing pictures of abstract 
truth; but the Christ of God, the living, personal 
indwelling Christ, is wanting. " The ministry 
of reconciliation " requires much study, hard 
study, constant study, bnt above all it requires 
the faith whioh lays open the entire being to 
the inflnx of Divine Life and Light. Truth 
must become in us a well of water springing 
up into everlasting life. John 4:14. This up- 
welling, forth-gnshing of the life of God in us 
is true ministry of the Gospel. Such Christ 
wants yon to be, and such yon may be, even 
in the very infancy of yonr new vocation, 



Strain not at things high and deep and vast 
but bear natural, spontaneous testimony to the 
tenth as the Holy Ghost has verified it in your 
consciousness. Have no aim bnt to save sonls 
by a presentation of Christ as a redeemer from 
all iniqnity, as well as from all penalty. Preaoh 
a Gospel indeed, which is more than I dare here 
venture to say. Be bold with such boldness 
&i confidence and meekness inspire. Never say, 
" So it seems to me," or " I suppose." Occupy 
no ground bnt what is included in 1 dor. 3:11, 
The Incarnation of God has wide relations. The 
more yonr horizon extends, the more will you 
see of Emmanuel everywhere. Wonderful veri- 
fications of Col. 1 : 14-18, will yon find as your 
acquaintance with Christ enlarges. Be carefnl, 
very carefal, when you visit the penitent, and 
sick, and dying, what message you bring them. 
Never begin with the fruits of righteousness 
bnt with their divine source. Frnit is not pasted 
on, bnt evolved by the vital process of growth. 

" Study to show thyself approved unto God, 
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, right- 
ly dividing the word of truth. " 2 Tim. 2: 15. 
Ton are " stewards of the mysteries of God," not 
only ministers for Christ, bnt ministering Chritt, 
and mnst give aocount for the eternal destiny 
of sonls. 1 Cor. 4: 1, 2. 

There is no department of the ministry eo 
neglected as the pastoral. Not that there is not 
enough visiting done, but it has not for its spe- 
cific object the spiritual welfare of the family. 
Worldly, uninteresting, and not unfreqnently 
frivolous conversation is maintained from first 
to last. And then, alas, how often do they sepa- 
rate without worship! This is unworthy the 
minister of Christ. Never set foot in a house 
but as the representative of the Son of God. 
Let speech and mien testify to your character 
and mission. Be grave without austerity, and 
sweet and winsome without silliness. Be full 
of Christ, who is both the power of God, and 
the wisdom of God. Rom. 16:29, and 1 Cor. 
1:24. 

I have known very impressive sermons to be 
the forenoon, and in the afternoon not 
only all good effects dissipated, but disgust 
awakened, by giddy talk and unsavory demeanor. 
Let the words of the great apostle ever riDg 
in yonr souls, and be revealed in look, word and 
act: " Whose I am, and whom I serve." Acts 
27:23. One look, one word, one nod, one wave 
of the hand, may be the crisis of an immortal 
soul. Let the awful representative character 
of yonr mission and message burn itself into 
the very oenter of your sonls: "As though God 
did beseech you by us." 2 Cor. 6:20. "In 
doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them 
that hear thee." 1 Tim. 4: 16. To save a sonl 
is to satisfy the deepest yearnings in the heart 
of the holy eternal Trinity. Isa, 63: 11; John 17: 
24. 

Union Deposit, Pa. 



OUR WORDS. 



BY LEVI MOHLEB, 



"For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy 
words thou shalt be condemned." 

Wobds are the vehicles of ideas, and ideas con- 
trol the world. The great movements and the 
small movements of the world of nations, or the 
world of onr own lives, are but the working out 
of ideas. And words communicate these potent 
agencies and set them to work. 

The thought conveyed in the most private 
conversation may repeat itself, on to eternity, 
encircle the world and influence millions. 

If idle words did not oonvey thought of some 



February 6, 1896. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



kind, whioh has not a known limit to its work- 
ing, they might not be regarded so seriously 
in the Bible. But since we send them forth, 
God will hold ns accountable for the work which 
they are sure to do, though ever so lightly spok- 
en. 

The commotion a talebearer can create in a 
neighborhood or a church, does not show the 
power of his personal influence, but the power 
of words from however irresponsible lips. 

Let our words, which are the "circulating 
medium " of the churoh, communicate snoh things 
as the Holy Spirit, the Bible and the services 
of the Banetuary would inspire, and a strength- 
ening, and a movement for the right all along 
the line would quickly follow. The sanctuary 
would soon be felt to be a sacred, holy and 
blessed place for all. But if the conversation 
of the members of the church runs info the habit 
cf gossip and tattling, with a proportion of poli- 
tics, telling of big yarns and j okes, often impure, 
it will not take long for the coldness of spiritual 
death to begin to be felt in the churoh, with 
indifference, division and any amount of trouble 
to follow. Prov. 26:20-22 

The seeds of strife and spiritual death are in 
every unholy conversation. It is possible for 
our dear brethren and sisters to tear down more 
in their talk, in which no harm is intended, 
during visiting after meeting on Sundays, than the 
minister can build np by the most faithful preach- 
ing in the sanctuary. 

If in our viaitiog, Sundays and all other times, 
we would ba careful to lead the conversation 
of the company to the things of our Redeemer, 
to whom we profess to be consecrated, body, 
mind and spirit,— our words, too, surely, — there 
would be left in memory a sense of bleiaiug and 
joy akin to sacred things, in great contrast to 
the disturbed feeling, and regrets that often 
follow " good times " we have, in which the Lord 
has no part, but where our words only distributed 
thoughts as agents to work for things that are 
of the earth earthy as for the evil one. Eter- 
nity alone can tell, and it will tell, what our 
words have done for ourselves and for others. 

Warrensburgh, Mo. 



BALANCING AND HIRING. 
BI JACOB 8. [C-r.FR 

We have just passed through a season of bal- 
ancing acconnts and are now in a season of hiring 
laborers for the forth-coming harvest. As we go 
around among employers and employees, this is 
the principal thing we hear discussed. We need 
not listen to the chat very long nntil we are con- 
vinced that it all pertains to the physical man, 
or, How oau I bast manage to Bwell my pocket- 
book to its ntmost capacity ? This is the case on 
either part of our subj act. Let us take an instance 
or two and see whether or not we may make an 
application to the other or real man. 

I. "Balancing." Here we see two men trying 
to balance an aoconnt. They are r quale, as men, 
and in business standing, and think both sides of 
their account are abont equal. But how anxious 
eaoh one is that the balance may be on his side. 
But lo! there is es much difference between this 
account and ours with our Master as there is 
between black and white. We look ogain. Here 
we see a man carrying on an extensive business. 
He has, among other employees, a very poor man. 
We see him going to his master for wood, wheat, 
corn and quite a number of things. Finally we 
see them balancing up. This poor man knows 
nothing abont keeping accounts. He has not 
made nse of the opportunities he had of gaining 



knowledge. He has gone on in ignorance and re- 
ceived far more than he has deserved. This 
an example of our aoconnt with onr Heavenly 
Master when we live ignorant of his Word and 
works. This poor man represents the sin 
who is continually reo«iving from the Father and 
giving but little or nothing. What is the best 
thing for him to do? It is to go to work and 
learn how to keep an account and to manage it 
economically. He has all the educational oppor- 
tunities he needs and it is in his place to use 
them. Just <x»ot!y so it is on the other side. 
We have a Book that tells us how to manage and 
balance our account with our Heavenly Father. 
We have a chance to Btudy a lesson in it every 
day end then go and hear a talk on it every 
seventh day and oft9n, yes, very often, between 
regular days, Sinners, what exouse have you for 
not trying to manage your account, with these 
advantages: and when yon have the fullest as- 
surance that it is to be opened, and the school 
book ako, and the t*o compared? "And I saw 
tha dead, small and great, stand before God; and 
the booka were opened and another book was 
opened, which is the book of life; and the dead 
were judged out of those books, according to 
their works." Kbv. 20: 12. 

Well, dees the Christian deserve all he receives 
from his Master? No, sir; not by any means. 
The balance is alwayB on the Master's side. But 
look here; we have a friend, Jesus, who has bo 
kindly said, " Gome unto me, ail ye that labor, 
and are heavy laden, and I will give yon rest." 
Matt. 11 : 28 He ia the "Great Burden Bearer, 
and will bear all our hardens if we will only have 
full faith and confidence in Him and do his bid 
ding. Let ua take example and oouraga from 
Paul, "Therefore we are always ooafi lent, know 
ing that, whilat wa are at home in the body, we 
are absent from the Lord." (For We walk by faith, 
not by sight.) We are confident, I say, and will- 
ing rather to be absent from the body, and to be 
present with the Lord." 2 Oor. 5: 6, 7, 8 If we 
want to get acquainted with this Friend and have 
him help us to keep our side cf the account np, 
on an equal with the other, he has told ns 
how we may do it. "Search the scriptures; for 
in them ye think ye have eternal life: and 
they are they which testify of me." John 5 : 39 
We are going in debt to our Heavenly Father all 
the time. But the blessed thought of a friend 
stepping up 3nd saying, " Follow me, I will for- 
give you your debts," is surely the greatest con- 
solation any one oonld desire.- But remember, 
heja§t forgives according to our forgiving our 
fellowmsn. Wtat more could he have done? 

" What more can he say than to jou he hath said— 
You who unto JestH (or refuge have fled." 

2. "Hiring." Here is a man that wishes to 
hire laborers. Here are men, by the hundreds, 
who can labor if they will. And they all say 
they will, if prices and peaces and ererythiug 
just exactly fits their own notions; and that, gen- 
erally, is to get the most oonspionous position, 
the highest price and do the least work. Who is 
it that is crowned with success ? Who is it that 
is respected by all? Is it the man who idly 
stands by the wayside, waiting for opportunities, 
or is it the one who makes tbem? The house- 
holder went out about the third hour of the day 
and found laborers standing idle in the market 
piaee (there is where they are generally found, in 
a gang, talking about what they would do, and 
what they would not do, as though they wera in- 
dependent). "And he said nnto them, Go ye also 
info the vineyard; and whataoever is right, I will 
give yon. And they went their way." Matt. 20: 
3 4. " And again he went out about the sixth 
and ninth hours, and, again at the eleventh 



hour, and found others standing idle, and saith 
uuto tham, Why stand ye here all the day idle? " 
Did these laborers go through with a routine of 
contentions and turns and twists for higher prices 
and less work? By accepting the offer of the 
householder, they virtually said, " We accept the 
wages you offer." Sinner, yon are a laborer. 
God, onr Heavenly Father, has labor for all: bat 
there ia to be no contention or grumbling about 
work or prices. If you will, you may coma into 
the fold and labor valiantly, and the pay is sure to 
come. He promises to pay, even for the giving 
of a cup of cold water. " And whosoever shall 
give to drink unto one of these little ones, a cup 
of cold water only, in the name of a disciple, var- 
ily, I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his 
reward." Why do ye Btand idle under snch 
offers? And, yet, in the end, he promises you the 
rich gift of eternal life: but on the other hand, 
eternal damnation. "For the wages of sin ii 
death; but the gift of God ia eternal life, through 
Jesus Ch-i«t our Lord." Rom. 6: 23. 

Have we, who have hired to the Master and 
gone into his vineyard, been doing all that we 
can and that willingly? Has our service been 
given grudgingly? If we had the opportu- 
nities fo make money that many of ua have, to 
help the Master's cause, some of us would become 
rich indeed. 

H=re is a man that has a laborer employed and 
wants others. Now where is the man or woman 
willing and anxious to avail himeelf of every op- 
portunity to secure positions for those who are so 
much in need of the remuneration which they 
may in this way receive? Matt, 10: ii Do we 
do this? Do we go and tell them of the advan- 
tages and erj oyments of our Master's vineyard? 
Do we go to the Master and plead with him to 
help ns ia oar efforts, if we dare call them efforts 
at all? Do we use the opportunities to help oth- 
ers to secure laborers for the vineyard; and do we 
do it willingly? Or do we do it because we must? 
We have so many chances to throw in our little 
mite. Here is a man soliciting for a church, 
probably for the Washington Mission; and some 
ono e.'sa for some other good cause. We twist 
and turn awhile and give him a little something 
and often afcer he is gone we oay there are bo 
many " beggars " these days that wo fear they will 
break us up, etc. I wonder whether the " poor 
widow" talked in that style? Was she not glad 
for the opportunity ? 

Here is an agent for the "Messengeb." He 
aske an old subscriber whether he wanta the pa- 
per another year. " Oh! I hardly know, I am so 
hard up j Rat now; and it seems so high in price 
and the last few numbers had nothing in them 
but reports of aaries of meetings and that doesn't 
interest me very niuoh." What is the matter? 
A iarga report of laborers coming into the vine- 
yard to help us, and wearenct interestedl Why, 
all the Ifbsts of heaven rejoice at the coming of 
one; and even the inhabitants of the region cf the 
damned are glad to know that one more, even one, 
will escape coming there. Lnke 16: 27, 28 No 
wonder the Messenger seems high to some when 
such is the condition. Do we treat opportunities 
this way in things that pertain to this life? 
" Let ns think, before we further go." 
lov r, August Co, Va 



To mitigate the evils of poverty as far as pos- 
sible is our duty, and well-directed efforts will 
largely succeed, but the good time coming when 
poverty will te enfirely bsnished, existB enly in 
the imagination of dreamers. The poor are here 
and bIwbjs will be, and whenever we will we may 
do them good. To comply with the Savior's 
teachings in this matter will fill both our hands 
and hearts." 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



February 5, 1896, 



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church organization. 

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and European Missions, the India Mission the Book and 
Tract Work, the Missionary Visitor, and the Brethren's Sun- 
day School Song Book, should be addressed to 

The Geu'l Miss, and Tract Com., 
Galen B. Royer, Sec. Mt. Morris, 111. 

GIVE A KIND WOBD WHEN YOU CAN. 

Do you know a heart that hungers 

For a word of love and cheer? 
There are many such a "Out us; 

It may be that one Is near. 

Look around you. If you find It, 
Speak the word that's needed so. 

And your own heart may be strengthened 
By the help that you bestow. 
It may be that some one falters 

On the brink of sin and wrong, 
And a word from you might save him — 

Help to make the tempted strong. 
Look about you, O my brother! 

What a sin fs yours and mine 
If we see that help Is needed 

And we give no friendly sign. 
Never think kind words are wasted, 

Bread on waters cast are they, 
And it may be we shall find them 

Coming back to us some day. 
Coming back when sorely needed, 

In a time of sharp distress; 
So, my friend, let's give them freely: 

Gift and giver God will bless. 



THE CHICAGO MISSION WOKK 

BY LIZZIE S. HOWE 

Among thoae who have visited our mission 
during the past month was an old brother who 
seemed to take great pleasure in learning of oar 
work. As he sat listening to the children sing, 
hearing them recite, a? well as seeing the girls at 
their hard work, his countenance lighted up and 
with eyes beaming with joy aad a heart filled 
with enthusiasm, he exclaimed, " If I had the 
money, I wonld build a Home for this mission." 
DcubtlesB there are many such good, sacrificing 
brethren, but my mind goes out to those who have 
the means and not the will to give. This is true 
in msny instances, not that they have deliberately 
determined to withhold the means, but that they 
have never been awakened to the neena of the 
mission work Let us thank God for the abund- 
ance with which he has blessed ue, and pray to 
him to send conviction into our hearts that we 
may be willing to lay all upon the altar of sacri- 
fice. "We have done a little work, but we are only 
awakening to the possibilities before us, 

God and his work are slighted. When we look 
around us in this great city and see the many 
institutions, as well as private houses, supported 
by Satan and hia agents, we are made to cry out, 
" Where are the monuments erected by God's 
people, the institutions for the building up of His 
kingdom?' 

'Tia true there are some, but what part have 
you and I in the work? My dear brethren and 
sisters, have you ever thought of the truth that 
our responsibility is great in proportion to our 
profession? How tenaciously we hold to the doc- 



trine, and yet how practically selfish we are! We 
may olftim that we can live nearer Christ in the 
Brethren's chnrch and yet not sit in judgment; 
but while we claim that we have the Gospsl, we 
should be the more active in carrying it to others. 
The church has a work to do besides promoting 
her own enjoyment We want more thaa salva- 
tion; we want to save others, 

The more I see of the popular churches of to- 
day, the more I am convinced that we need to 
watoh and pray, !eii w.», as a oharoh, sioritice 
principle to cater to the desireB of the nnregener- 
ated. Bat let us add to our doctrine zeal, and to 
zeal devotion, and to all enthusiasm, We are not 
enough alive to the work We ought to have 
missions dotted all over this great city. We ne9d 
a home for the friendless, a churchhorno for our 
people, and a hospital for the eiok. Why should 
we not have al! these? Have we not the means 
a the church? Ouher denominations "trust the 
Lord" and eomehow the homes, the churches and 
the hospitals Bpring np. They all are a power for 
good and some of us are under personal obliga- 
tions to the fonuders of the latter. 

The work is great, time is shortening, eternity 
ia approaching, aad we should act with prompt- 
ness and z;al. This, too, is the work of the 
ohuroh, and we, as individuals, constitute the 
ohurch. The work looks yon and me in the face. 
How poorly we are performing itl How little 
our efforts resemble Christ's labors while here on 
the earth. 

What was the design in organizing the Chris- 
tian church? Was it not to bring souls to Christ, 
to alleviate the condition of mankind as well as to 
benefit its members? Through the churoh souls 
are brought into contact with the Truth, to learn 
aving power of it. While we clothe the nak- 
ed and feed the poor we should also clothe them 
with the garment of salvation. While we are 
sustaining them iere, we should be preparing 
i for eternity. " The church is the pillar and 
ground of the truth." 1 Tim. 3:15. What a 
responsibility rests upon us! Are we holding the 
Trnth and giving it out to perishing aonle or are 
we allowing them to starve? Christ spent his life 
rescuing the lost, " We are members of his 
body, of his flash, and of his bones." Eph. 5:30. 
We are of Christ and we should therefore prepet- 
uate his work Ha has delegated it to hie people. 
Are we filling our mission? 

We rej >ics in th9 thought that some of our 
brethren have already been giving the needs of 
the city mission serious thought. Oao good broth- 
who visited us quite recently, remarked, "I 
am read? to give one thousand dollars to the Chi- 
cago Mission as soon as more brethren will join 
Is not this in answer to the earnest prayers 
that have been offered for the advancement of the 
cause? Let ns thank God, keep praying, 
and may we each individually help in bringing 
about an answer to our prayer I— Home Helper. 



" MANY A LITTLE MAKES A MTJCKLE." 
BY J. S. FLOBY. 

The above old Scotch proverb, meaning many 
a little makes much, is really true, but we do not, 
seemingly, in this age of haste and extravagance, 
realize the force of it. 

I could not help thinking of this proverb jast 
recently when I noticed the statement in the pa- 
per that on Wednesday before last Thanksgiving 
each child of- the schools of Los Angeles city, 
Oil., brought to their respective schoolhousea a 
small gift of vegetables or groceries to be given 
to the poor and needy of the city. In this way 
there were forty wagon loads gathered and then 
delivered to the needy. Many a heart was made 



glad. Not only those who received the gift were 
happy, but the givers were happy also. And 
what an object lesson that was to eaoh child! 
There is much more in it than simply helping the 
needy; it is a preparatory work on the yoang 
mind that will tell in years to come, teaohing the 
child to be generous hearted and care for the un. 
fortunate and needy. 

Let such object lessons be taught our Sunday- 
school children and ocr members in general, and 
it will not be inRny years until every good rois- 
Bion undertaken by the ohuroh will be nobly bub- 
taiaed If to day the many littles were gathered 
in there wonld be the "muckle" for the ex tension 
of the kingdom of Christ. How glad we would 
b3 to see the one-oent-aweek advice of Annual 
Meeting carried out in every congregation in our 
Brotherhood. It would be a clear proof that the 
old proverb is indeed true. 



HAVB YOU A GOOD SUNDAY SCHOOL? 

BY JESSE N EN3LE. 

Thebe are different views as to what constitutes 
a good Sunday school. We must generally look 
at the results or effects of a work before we de- 
clare its " goodness." 

If you ask the ordinary Sunday school attend- 
ant about his school, the response will be: 
" There is not as much interest shown as I think 
there ought to be." 

The reasons for this reply are various. First, 
the Superintendent may not be a thoroughly 
consecrated Christian with soul and body dedicat- 
ed to his Master. This is the leading qualifica- 
tion for a Superintendent. Besides he must take 
an interest in the work. The halfhearted efforts 
of many Superintendents are the cause of their 
failure. They must also be intelligent enough to 
grasp the meaning of Gtni'e Word, and especially 
the lesson for the day. If our public school 
teachers would make no more preparation for 
their daily clauses than do many Sunday-school 
Superintendents and teachers, ih'.ir schools would 
not continue half as long as does the Sunday 
school. 

At the close of each lesson the Superintendent 
should give a spirited review of five or ten 
minutes, Mate the ohildreu feel that they know 
something. Imprejs one or two points indelibly 
upon their minds, and don't forget to let them 
aing. Ton will then need have no doubt of their 
presenca the next Sunday. 

Sacond, many a school is crippled by taking 
up at irregular times. This is especially the 
case in rural Sunday schools, but there is 'not the 
t excuse for it. The school that begins 
promptly ia the exception, rather than the rule. 

ore than a hundred times have I seen Sunday 
schools beginning from five to thirty minutes 
after the appointed hour; but in eight years ex- 
perience in the public schools I never thought 
of beginning a session one minute after nine 
o'clock, and I suppose there were not more pnpils 
late than if the appointed hour would havo been 
ten o'clock. If you want to use one means of 
killing your Bchool, let your scholars find out 
that you will not begin promptly. 

Third, the Sunday school is not spiritual 

ough. Noise and boisterouanesa prevail in- 
stead of order and decorum. All manner of 
small talk ia engaged in before the opening, and 
that by the leaders of the school. How many 
have one thought of the conversion of souls 
through the Sunday school? Here is where the 
children meet for spiritual instruction, rather 
than at the regular churoh services. Why not, at 
the close of the day'e effective work in the school, 
give the scholar* an opportunity to show that 



February 5, 1895. 



they are willing to accept Jesus if they so desire? 
Blessed results have been obtained in this way 
Then it will not be said that the pnpils are grad 
nated into the world instead of into the church 

These are only a few of the points to be con- 
sidered by those who desire to have a good 
Sunday school. 

Milford, Ka>i3 

HOW WE ARB SAVED BY BRACE. 

BY MARY M. OOX 

■'For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of 
jourselves: It Is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man 
shou'd boast. For we are his workmanship, created In Christ 
Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that 
we should walk In them." — Eph. 2:8 9 10 

When man was living in a sinful state the fu- 
ture all looked dark and he had no hope beyond 
the grave. He oould do nothing to save himself, 
could form no plan by whioh he could be reeonl 
ciled to God. Then God gave his only begotten 
Bon to arjffsr and die on the Roman cress. 
Thus was the penalty of man's transgressions 
paid. By grace are ye saved, and that not of 
yourselves: it is the gift of God. 

The first thing our Savior requires of us is 
faith. The works which we must do are not our 
works but the works whioh God had before 
ordained that we should walk in them; conse- 
quently it is not by the merits of our own works 
that we are saved, but by obedience to God, 

If a railroad train were running at full speed 
and just ahead a bridge over a running stream 
had been swept away and some one should warn 
them of their danger, although he sacrificed his 
own life in the attempt, would not the engineer 
have to stop the train before reaching the yawn- 
ing abyss to save the train? Yet who would 
think of saying that the one that gave the warn- 
ing had not saved the train ? Even 00 our Savior, 
in order to save up, sacrificed his own life and 
pointed out a way for us to walk. He gave us 
works to do. They are not our works, but his, 
and we must do them or we can have no hope be- 
yond the grave, for God has before ordained that 
we sioitld walk in them. 

If you employ a man to work for yon, yon ex 
pect him to do the work you want done and in 
the way you want it done. It is your work, not 
his, which he is doing. And God just as certain- 
ly requires us to do the works he has given us to 
do in the way he has commanded us to do them. 
If we obey him he will give us cur reward, which 
is eternal life. If we do not, thinking we may en- 
tirely omit some of the oommandments, aud 
change otherB to suit our convenience, we will al- 
so receive our reward, which will be 6ternal 
death 1 

Sweet Springs, Mo. 



idea with more force than the Psalms. "Like 
as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord 
pitieth them that fear him." Pes. 103 : 13 How 
full of comfort are these words to the soul borne 
down with the sense of its own guilt 1 How like 
the water brooks to the thirsty hart are they to 
the spirit which has well-nigh given up to de- 
spair under the crushing weight of some misfor- 
tune I To feel that God sees us and knows all our 
difficulties; that he is with infinite pity bending 
over us, with infinite foresight and skill arrang- 
ing the machinery cf the Universe so that the 
misfortunes of life shall bring us eternal good 
and not evil: this is indeed to joy in God. 

It is hard sometimes for us to really think that 
God knows ns. " For ho knoweth our frame; he 
remembereth that we are dust." Psa 103 : 14 
He is therefore able to make allowance for all our 
failures. He is able also to provide a way for ns 
to be saved. It is because of his conside rateness, 
his perfect knowledge of human nature in all its 
intricate phases, that he has been able throcgh 
the Gospel of his Son to devise a plan of redemp- 
tion suited to all times and conditions for both 
time and eternity. 

Let ns remember that God oonsiders that we 
ere dust. B3m;mber that he walks by your side 
to help you, and that all the powers of darkness 
cannot defeat bis glorious counsels toward you if 
you are but faithful to him. He sees all his 
children every moment. He hears every cry of 
disfress. He knows the longiDg cf every soul. 
Sweetly and tenderly he leads his children 
through darkness, out into the light. "He con- 
sidereth that we are dust." 

Rockwell City, Kans 



THE C0N8ID1RATENESS OF GOD. 

BY Q. M. THBONE. 

With too many Christians, God is a mere ab- 
straction. The name of God with snch stands for 
nothing more than an idea. At most it means no 
more than a force in the mechanics of nature. It 
is not surprising to' know that such people have 
little vital piety. 

With Bible writers God was a person— a lov- 
ing, sympathetic Friend and Father. To the Bi- 
ble writers, he was present, not alone in the af- 
fairs of men, but in the affairs of nations. They 
constantly speak of him as being fully able to re- 
gard the life of an individual as that of a nation 
°r the race. While this view of God may be 
seen in any book of the Bible, none presents the 



" BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD, BUT 
BB YE TRANSFOBMED."-Kom. 12: 2. 

To be conformed is to be so assimilated as to 
lose one's spiritual separation. 'Dr. Edward Jnd- 
son says: 
There is a kind of fish which resembles sea- 
ass. It hides itself in the midst of marine 
igetation. Below is the head, looking like the 
bulb cf the plant, and above is the body and the 
tail, looking like the blade of sea-grass. The 
ocean currents sway the 69b. and the graes alike, 
and ao the little fish escapes being devoured by 
its enemies. It swims along, and one can hardly 
perceive where fish leaveB eff aud grass begins, so 
perfect is the disguise. Now there are a great 
many Ghristiai-s whoeo lives are so blended with 
the world that they cannot easily be distinguished. 
They are swayed by worldly maxima and habits; 
they share with the world in its sinful pleasures. 
The difference between such Ohristiana and world- 
lings is not apparent. If this is the kind of 
Christian life you are living, you need net be 
afraid of persecution; the world will not thick ii 
worth while to molest such a Christian as that. 
Ton will not know what it is to diink of the cup 
that Christ drank of and to be bapfcizsd with the 
baptism that He was baptized with. But let a 
man come out into the front, let him engage in 
some aggressive Ohristian work, and he will meet 
the same opposition which wa3 experienced by 
the One who said: " I came not to send peace, 
bat a sword." — The Watchword. 



WHAT SHALL I AND WHAT SHALL I 
NOT DO WITH GOLD? 

BY J E. YODTO. 

First, what shall I not do with gold? Let 
Paul and Peter answer: 1 Tim. 2: 9, 1 Peter. 3: 3. 
All the preaoh^rs from Paul's and Peter's day to 
this have not made it read differently. They both 
say " Not the wearing of gold." 



Sometime ago we spoke on this subject to a 
large congregation. A number of persons had 
jewelry lsid away for a keepiake. They saw 
they could make better use of it by exchanging it 
for " treasures above." The following is worth 
reading: 

" At a meeting of the Ohristian and Missionary 
Alliance in New York City, Miss Louise Shepard, 
an evangelist, proposed that there should be an 
offering of gold and silver for the work of the 
Alliance. Men and women marched up the aisles 
to the altar and left gold and silver watches, dia- 
mond pins and rings, and jewelry of all forms, to 
be sold in the interest of missionary work, The 
altar of the tabernacle was piled high with the 
offerings. One man gave a deed for a farm, while 
others gave sums of money ranging from $6 000 
to $1. More than S50 000 was subsoribed 
during the day." 

We are getting gold watches and chains among 
n6. Same preachers have them, — some young 
sisters aid brethren. There is also some other 
jos-elry found in the camp. Would it not be well 
for us to follow such a noble example and ex- 
change it, and all needless finery and make an 
iavestmeat in heavenly property? Give its 
equivalent to the poor or to mission work. We 
will never have remorse or shame for so doing, 
but we may have, if we " wear gold " and the min- 
ister reproves ns for doing so. 



COREAN WOMEN. 



Cobean women of the upper classes live a life 
of seclusion; they do nothing at all; they are to- 
tally uneduoated, and they are allowed to see no 
one but their husbands, parents, and a very few 
female friends. A woman belonging to the up. 
per classes never appears before strangers, and 
she never goes in the street exposed to view. 
The daughters of the soil are more to be envied, 
for they at least eDjoy more liberty, although 
they are nothing better- than human machines. 
When you live among the Coreans, and know the 
terrible bondage nnder which the women labor, 
one breathes a sigh on their wretched behalf. 
Besides her household duties, and the bearing of 
ohildren, the Corean wife combines the duties of 
gardener and field-laborer, and she must always 
be mindful that she has to wait personally upon 
her bnsbsnd. 



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A brothes recently niaiie3 a number of back 
numbers of the Gospel Messengeb to a lady who 
is engaged in tuiesionary work in New York City. 
He received the following reply. "Thank you 
for the bundle of papers. They will do good 
service in the Lord's work." We do not know 
how much good may be done by the sending of a 
oopy of the Messenseb or a tract, bnt the Lord 
will bless every effort to extend his work, how- 
ever weak. 

In an isolated place in Indiana, there is a little 
family, oomposed of mother, two sons and one 
daughter, in whose dwelling an excellent sermon 
is enjoyed every Sunday evening. The little 
group of four gather in their room each Lord's 
Day evening, sing a few hymns, read one of Bro. 
Quinter's sermons, and then engage in prayer. 
Why cannot other isolated families follow this 
example, and become strong in the Lord, for we 
are assured that this family is a power for good 
in the community where they reside. 



Bbo. Elias Cbipe, of Carlisle, Ark., writes that 
it requires nearly half of his time to answer 
letters describing that excellent country. He 
thinks it a good plaoe for Brethren to settle, and 
thought a description, of the country and its ad- 
vantages, published in the Mebsenoeb, would 
save him much writing and prove more satisfac- 
tory to those seeking information. Of oourse we 
cannot spare apace for this purpose, but we sug- 
gest that when seeking information about any 
country plenty of stamps shonld be enolosed, so 
that those addresned can afford to spend the neo- 
easary time required to answer all the questions 
propounded. Those who write Bro. Oripe should 
not fail to send several stamps. 

A numbeb of oar agents send in orders for 
goods, or subscriptions, asking us to charge the 
same to their account. Later they send money, 
saving it is for so and so, repeating what was on 
their former order, sometimes Edding a few items, 
but do not mention the fact that part of the goods 



In fact, a part of this order had been sent in 
before and charged to the agent's account, while 
a part of it is a new order. Had the agent said, 
"Enclosed, please find post-office order for $7.98; 
8 of which you wi!! place to my credit, and 
for the remainder you may send me sister 
Miller's book, and one Brethren's Quarterly," 
there would have been no chance for a misun- 
derstanding. We give this instance merely to 
illustrate the point to which we wish to call spe- 
cial attention, believing that what is here said 
will prove helpful to onr patrons, as well as to 
ourselves. 



JSALOUSY. 



One of the most unfortunate evils that can 
get into any congregation is jealousy. It is a 
condition of the heart that listens to neither 
reason nor consequences, and, in course of time, 
will destroy the spiritual life in any community. 
It is a crime against God and humanity, and has 
rained more ohurches and destroyed more hap- 
piness than any one cause we can name. Occa. 
sionally one minister becomes jealous of another. 
That simply means that one, or both, of the min- 
isters mast make a failure of their work, for 
jealousy once fixed in the heart knows no sur- 
ler. Now and then several ministers become 
jealous of a promising minister whom God and 
nature seem to have marked for special usefal- 
nees. Reason and oharity are dethroned and 
jealonay wields the scepter, not to bless but to 
destroy. Years may come and go, feast after 
feast may be attended, salutation after salutation 
may be given, but jealousy atil! holds the scep- 
ter, awaiting an opportunity to atrike the fatal 
blow. 

The judgment will unoover some awful deeds 
charged np to jealousy. Perhaps the only reme- 
dy for jealouay ia to aeparate the Effected parties. 
If one minister becomes jealous of another, he 
should ohange his location as soon as possible 
and give God a chance to cleanse his heart and 
save his soul. Otherwise jealousy will dethrone 
the Spirit and land him in perdition as sure as 
there ia a God in heavoD. Love can not grow 
in a heart where jealousy is allowed to dwell. 
If in a congregation there are two or more min- 
isters who are known to be j salons of one anoth- 
er, they shonld be separated at the earliest pos- 
sible date. If left alone they may in time de- 
stroy themselves and the church, too. God can 
do something with jealous people who live apart 
bnt as a rule they are past redemption, so long 
as they fan the flames in each other's hearts. So 



rate field; they oan never accomplish any lasting 
good while together. 

Had Gain and Abel lived in different p at t, 
of the world, one less tragedy might have been 
recorded. Had Abraham not been the wise man 
that he was, jealousy might have arrayed the 
forces of Lot against him. It had already 
reached their herdsmen. The world was large 
they divided the land between themselves and 
ever afterwards lived in peace. There may at 
one time have been a feeling, not to be com. 
mended, between Paul and Barnabas, — not jeal- 
ouay of course,— when they parted, one from the 
other, Aots 15:39, but a few years,' work, in 
separate fields, gave the Holy Spirit au excellent 
opportunity to remove every vestige of evil. 
Let ministers who oan not work together as they 
should, gather a lesson or two from these con- 
siderations and act accordingly. j, n. H. 



BRO. KILLER'S PROGRAMME. 

The Brethren in the Valley of Virginia, pro- 
pose to make good use of Bro. D. L. Miller what 
time he can remain in that State. They have 
arranged the following programme for him, and 
he is to visit the points named on the dates giveni 

Brldgewater, Va. January ro-29 

Mill Creek, Va, January 30-31 

Beaver Creek, Va. February 1-3 

Dayton, Va , February 4-5 

Greenmount, Va., February 6-7 

Unvllle, Va February 8-9 

Tlmbervllle, Va., February ic-13 

Flat Reck, Va February 14-15 

Pleasant View, Va , February 16-17 

New Market, Va February 18-20 

Valley church, Va February 21-22 

Elk Run, Va, February 23.24 

Middle River, Va February 25-26 

Barren Ridge, Va , February 27-28 

Mt. Vernon, Va March 1-2 

Roanoke, Va March 3-6 

Bonsack's, Va , March 7-9 

Winchester, Va., March 10-12 



FEET-WASHING. 



In a late issue of the Octographio Review, one 
of the editors, L. F. Bittle, labors to prove that 
feet-washing, as taught in John 13, is not a church 
ordinance. After quoting from the beginning of 
the chapter to the olose of verse 16 he says: 

Any one acquainted with oriental customs -will find no dif- 
ficulty In understanding the meaning of this act which Jesus 
proposed for the imitation of his disciples. They were his 
guests for the time, and he condescended to the lowliest office 
of hospitality by cleansing their travel-soiled feet. Ordinari- 
ly this washing was done, not by the master of the house, 
but by one of the servants; and the Savior, wishing to give 
his followers a striking lesson of humility, takes the office 
upon himself. In performing It he did an act of kindness to 
those whose dusty, weary feet would be cleansed and re- 
freshed by the water. It was not a ceremony, not an ordi- 
nance, which he Instituted, but a work of love, which was 
often copied by the primitive saints. That It was not a 
church ordinance," as some Imagine, Is evident from the 
mission of all reference to It In such enumerations of public 
rrvlce as Acts 2: 42, "And they continued steadfastly In 
the apostles' doctrine, and fellowship, and In the breaking of 
bread, and In prayers," That It was not such is also evident 
from the language of Paul In 1 Tim. 5: 10,— "If she have 
washed the saints' feet "—language which the apostle, would 
not have used had feet-washing been a public ceremony la 
which all shared. 

What is said about the host having the feet of 
hia weary guests washed by a servant, may be in- 
teresting reading for some, bnt it is not true, 
The Bible nowhere teaohes such a custom. 1° 
Genesis 18 we learn that three very distinguished 
angels visited Abraham. Probably no host ever 
entertained a more distinguished company, nor 
can we at this time recall an instance where 
we repeat, Get them apart, give each one a sepa- 1 guests eve'r had the honor of lodging with one 



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so eminent Yet thia eminent host had water 
bronght that his very distinguished guests might 
wash their own feet. This is feet-waahing as an 
act of hospitality, pnre and simple, and there is 
no intimation abont the host having his servants 
wash the feet of his gnests. If such had been 
the anoient custom, Abraham missed the best op. 
portnnity he ever had of putting it to practice 
nnder circnmstances that were eminently proper. 
It may be true that the twelve apostles were the 
Savior's gnests in the upper room in Jerusalem, 
but not to practice or take steps to perpetuate an- 
cient customs having no bearing on the Christian 
religion. They were there to take part in the sa- 
cred rites to be perpetuated in the church upon 
the earth. 

When the Master poured water into a basin and 
began washing their feet they could not compre- 
hend the meaning of the mysterious service. 
They had read of the host bringing water that 
the guests might wash their feet. They had 
probably read of the priests washing their hands 
and feet before entering the Tabernacle. They 
may have heard of servants sometimes washing 
their Master's feet, but this thing of the Great 
Teacher washing the feet of his pupils was to 
them something entirely new. Had it been cus- 
tomary for the host to wash the feet of his guests, 
or even have his servants do it, they might possi- 
bly have associated it with that idea. But as that 
was not a oustom in their time, they were simply 
astonished, and, of course, did not understand it. 
Had it been a mere act of hospitality Feter 
would not have refused to let the Master wash his 
feet, for such a ref usal wonld have been a breach 
of politeness of which one in those days wonld 
not wish to be guilty. 

Mr. Bittle conoludes feet-washing was not in- 
tended as a church ordinance because no refer- 
ence is made to it in the public service mentioned 
in Acts 2: 42, where it is said that the believers 
"oontinued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine 
and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread and 
in prayer." We might with equal consistency 
conclude that the cup of the Communion was also 
no part of a churoh ordinance as it is not here 
mentioned along with the breaking of bread, 
Then we might also conclude, that singing was 
not a part of worship, for no mention is made of 
it with what is said of prayer. And to continue 
this course of reasoning, one might be led to 
lieve that the apostles did not rise the baptismal 
formula, — " baptizing them into the name of the 
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,"— 
given by Jesus, as no mention is made of it 
where baptism is alluded to in the Acts of the 
Apostles, or in any of the epistolary documents. 
One who adopts this method of interpreting the 
Sacred Record will find it quite convenient to 
wrest the teachings of Christ and the apostles from 
their original intentions, and thus be the means 
of leading people to accept errors which to many 
may seem quite plausible. But viewed in the 
light which we have presented, Mr. Bittle's posi- 
tion cannot seem otherwise than simply ridicu- 
lous. 

The writer further conoludes that, " had feet- 
washing been a public ceremony in whioh all 
shared," Paul would never have written to 
Timothy, "If she have washed the saints' feet." 
It probably has never oocurred to him that 
even in those days there may have been a few 
who had little or no faith in feet-washing as a 
"ligiona rite. Then why wonld Paul demand of 



a widow feet-washing as an act of hospitality 
in a region of country where snoh acts of hospi- 
tality were entirely unknown? Then, sgain, why 
demand that she wash only the "saints' feet" 
when feet-washing as an act of hospitality ex. 
tended to strangers as well? In fact she was 
required to lodge strangers, and why not also be 
required to wash their feet if there is in the doty 
nothing more than the service of hospitality? 

Of one thing we feel assured,— if Paul were 
living now, and would write as he did to Timo 
thy, he would not mail his epistle to the elder of 
a church whose members neither believe in nor 
praotice feet-washing as a religious rite, for 
among them could be found no widows who had 
washed the saints' feet, but should he send it to 
some churoh where the rite was regularly prac- 
ticed, there would be a chance of finding at least 
some who come up to the requirements. 

J. H, M. 



WHAT WE NEED. 

This is a subject that may be considered worn 
threadbare because of its continued use. Essay 
after essay has been written, and much has been 
said, but our needs, as a church we mean, are so 
varied that the subject is inexhaustible. As we 
have been thinking of the subject, it seems to us 
that the basical stone of our church life is think- 
ing. We don't think enough, — not to do less, 
but to think more. It is the thinking that pro- 
dues the doing; and to think, we must have 
something to think about. 

If you were to try to make wool grow on a 
sheep's back, did you ever think how yon would 
go about it? Of course the growth, to si 
tent, is natural with the animal, but like all oth- 
er things in natnre, it needs fostering. Some of 
young men, in their anxiety to have a mus- 
tache, foster and push it forward by a process 
of outward medication, and thus invite an ab- 
normal growth. This kind of treatment might 
have some effect on producing wo"l, bnt it wonld 
be abnormal and exhaust the vitality of the ani- 
mal. 

Years ago our farmers, in order to produce a 
heavier crop of clover, corn and the greases, 
would sow plaster. At first the results were very 
favorable, but by a continual use of the plaster 
they said it lost its effect and did no good. It 
was not that way. It so exhausted the soil, or an 
essential element in the soil, that there was noth- 
ing left to feed the plants. In other words, the 
soil became so impoverished that it would not 
produoe any more. We think new of farms 
that required years of careful feeding before 
they would produce a paying orop. What was 
wrong in the former process of farming? The 
trouble was they took all and gave little back, 
and then, after their farms were exhausted, they 
tried to get when there was nothing to give. 
It was like the man who tried to make his 
sheep grow wool by greasing them instead of 
feeding them. If growth is expected there must 
be something on whioh the growth is to feed. 
The farmer, instead of stimulating for growth, 
Bhould feed for growth,— give more than he 
takes. The wool-grower, instead of greasing his 
sheep, should feed them with wool-producing 
feed. 

And now, what should the chnrch do to pro- 
duce fruits of righteousness? How will we en- 
courage Christian growth and good works? In 
all growth there is a striking analogy. Every- 1 



thing does grow, everything must grow, or death 
will follow. This growth comes from feeding, 
and the great question to the ohnrch is, What 
shall the feeding be? Will we rub it in from the 
outside, or will we feed? And if so, how and 
what? What do we need? More thinking. 
Feed the sheep the right kind of food and the 
wool will grow. Feed the horse and the ex and 
they will grow strong and draw our burdens. 
Feed our orchards and gardens and they will pro- 
duce the fruit. Feed our fields and they will 
bring to us oorn and wheat. " Simon, son of Jo- 
nas, lovest thou me? . . . Feed my sheep." Cer- 
tainly this was needful, and Peter ought to have 
known that it would never do for him to go back 
to fishing while the sheep needed feediDg. No, 
brethren, the sheep will not,— cannot produce 
wool without feeding. Neither will the children 
grow and become fruitful without bread. 

Just now there seems to be a wave of revival 
awakening sweeping over the land, and many are 
being called into the fold. This is right. God 
bless the wave and those who are making the 
wind. But what does it mean to bring souls into 
the fold? That they may hunger and starve? 
No, not that. " Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou 
me?" If you do, feed my sheep. The same 
pleading voice comes to us, — Feed my sheep. A 
liberal amount of greasing and rubbing may be 
all right and needful, but the growth must oome 
from the feeding. The growth is in the Word, 
which is the Truth, which is the life of Christ. 
Ab this life is fed into the children we have the 
growth towards his likeness; and to do as he did 
is to be like him; and when we are like him, then 
do we bring forth the fruits of righteousness. 
We need more teaching that will produce think- 
ing. In conversion there must be absolutely a 
change of mind. " Ye must be born again." It 
is the chaDga of mind that produces a change of 
actions. As we think, so we live. All we are in 
life is our thoughts. Our actions and doings are 
the children of our thoughts; and everything that 
we do that is opposite or not in harmony with our 
thoughts is hypocritical and does not count in 
our favor in the mind of God because it is me- 
chanical and is no more of us than if it had been 
produced by a machine. 

What, then, do we need? We need to train 
the mind, whioh will give light to the eyes, 
strength to the body, direction to the feet, and 
cunning to the hand, to do the Master's work. 
We may make machine Christians, and they may 
do fairly good work while under the eye of 
the maker, but as Boon as they fall into other 
hands they go whithersoever they are driven; 
and we fear that we have too many each Chris- 
tians in the church to-day; and it is because there 
is not enongh teaching to think. Instead of being 
suns, reflecting or giving out their own light from 
within, they are moons, simply reflecting what- 
ever is rubbed into them. God wants men and 
women whose souls are filled with the light, and 
whose lives are reflections of the life of the Di- 
vine Son. Souls thus fed and thus filled are living 
epistles of the churoh of Christ, read and known 
of all men because their conversation, their ac- 
tions and their appearance, and everything about 
them, anywhere and everywhere, are the legiti- 
mate fruits of minds that have b6eo changed to 
the mind of Christ. Let us think on these 
things, that we may know better what to receive 
and what to give, that souls may be converted 
and made fit for the Master's usel H. B. £. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



February 5, I8g 6 



QUEEISTS' DEPARTMENT. 



9. It reads thus: "Hut if ye have 
mil sin, and are convinced of the 
Rachel Martin, 



Please explain Jar 
respect to persons, y 
law as transgressors 

This ia partly explained in verise one of the 
■ame chapter: " My brethren, have not the faith 
of onr Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with 
raspeet of persons." In the verse quoted by our 
querist, reference is made to the "law." This 
found in Lev. 19: 15. It says, "Ye shall do no 
unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not re- 
spect the person of the poor, nor honour the per- 
Bon of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt 
thou judge thy neighbor," All of this means 
that we should treat people as becometh saints, 
and not show great kindness to the rich, the ex- 
alted and the honored, and then treat the poor, 
the lowly and the unlearned with disrespect. 
The rich sometimes slight the poor because they 
are poor. The learned now and then insult the 
unlearned. All this is wrong. The Savior gave 
more attention to those in the common walks of 
life than he did to thoae who occupied high sta- 
tions. We should follow his example, and not 
have faith with respect to persons. 

In Mark 13: 14 we read, " But when ye shall see the abom- 
ination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand- 
ing where It ought not," Does this refer to the time after the 
destruction of Jerusalem, or to that time only? And In 
verse 17, doss the phrase, "Those days" refer to any time 
but that referred to above? Wm, White. 

The time referred to in both verges waa the de- 
struction of Jerusalem, an event that occurred in 
A, D. 70. 

In the Messenger we read of the Brethren having prayer 
meetings. Please tell us how to conduct them? 

Mary M. Mishler. 

In moat places a committee of three is appoint- 
ed by the church, or by th9 offioials, to select 
the subjects and appoint the leaders. In many 
places it is customary to have a brother lead one 
meeting, and a sister the next, As much as prac- 
ticable, the leaders should be selected from 
among the laity. When the hour comes for the 
meeting to commence the leader may announce a 
hymn, then read a short Scripture and call to 
prayer. After prayer another hymn may be 
sung, then the leader announoes the subject, 
reads the few verses on which it is based, and 
then offers such remarks as may seem appropriate, 
not occupying more than five to eight minutes, 
The subject is then open for any one to talk on. 
The talks should be short and to the point, the 
speakers always endeavoring to speak to the edi- 
fication of those present, and not in the spirit of 
controversy. Several verses may be sung at in- 
tervals, and an occasional prayer be offered by 
any one feeling so impressed. At the end of the 
hour the meeting should be closed with singing 
and prayer, and the subject for the next meeting 
announced. 

What should be done with a minister who u6es tobacco as 
a medicine, and takes It both publicly and privately In differ- 
ent forms? rj. E. G, 

While our conference has wisely decided that 
ministers, as well as other officials, should not be 
installed, or advanced in office, nnless they prom 
ise not to use tobaoco, still she permits some to 
use it as a medicine. And if an elder persists in 
using it as a medicine, there ia no other way but 
to bear with him. And if he is not prndent in 
his manner of using it, he should be admonished 
concerning his duty as an elder. No elder should 
set an improper example before the public even 
in the use of a medicine. If an elder must use 



tobacoo as a medioine, let him do it in a way that 
will not subjaot him and the church to undue 
oriticism. The better way would be for him to 
quit it entirely. 

What Is the order of the Brethren In selecting Sunday- 
school officers? Is It right for children and unconverted 
adults to take part In such elections? Should not the elec- 
tion of officers be confined to the members of the church? 

JAS. WllMER. 

In many congregations the Snnday-school offi- 
cers are appointed by the church. This is to be 
commended in localities where we have houses 
of our own, and regular organized congregations. 
In some instanoee, those especially interested at 
a certain point, meet, eleot the officers and have 
the church confirm them, Either method is 
good ; but for Sunday schools, controlled by the 
Brethren, officers should be either appointod or 
approved by the church. 

When the elders, with two-thirds of the official brethren, 
conclude that their arm of the church Is out of order, and 
they wish to have help to SEt the church In order, does the 
term "adjoining elders," require them to get those closest to 
them, or would they not better get those they believe would 
be more competent, though they are not so near? H. H. 

While all due respeot should be shown to the 
6lders residing near by, still the term "adjoining 
elders " may be made to apply to any elder in the 
State District. The elders in the congregations 
just adjoining, may not be skilled in handling 
complicated cases. We should say, select those 
who may be of the most service to the church. 
This would be wise, at least. 

James 2:10 says: "For whosoever shall keep the whole law 
and yet offend In one point, he Is guilty of all." Then is he 
to be punished as much as If he violated all the commands 
of the Bible? A. G. Dagnel. 

Under the old law, one who violated certain 
commands was put to death. The punishment 
was as great as though he had violated all the 
commands. He was treated as thcugh he were 
guilty of all. The obeying of nine command- 
ments did not save him from the death penalty 
attached to the one command violated. James 
carries this idea, by way of illustration, over to 
the Gospel, giving us to understand that willfully 
disobeying even one command will resnlt in the 
Iobs of eternal life to an extent no less than the 
penalty following the re j ;otion of the whole conn- 
sel of God. He who willfully disobeys one com- 
mand, and thus continues in sin, is to all intents 
and purposes counted guilty of violating the 
whole Gospel, as the result in the j adgment will 
be the same. j. h. m 

OUE SCRAP BOOK, 

Which of our Practices are Doubtful? 

In Gospel Mhssenger, dated Dec. 18, 189+, page 795, 

J. B. B. writes that some of our present practices may not 

stand the test of honest Scriptural investigation. May I 

be permitted to a6k which of our practices are doub'.ful? 

M. A. R. 

At the time we wrote the above we did not 
have any of our present practices in view. The 
thought was simply this: Our knowledge is im- 
perfect, and the thing that we believe to be just 
right, upon a close examination may not stand 
the test. Those who think they have so far ad- 
vanced that they do not need additional light, 
hive not learned to know themselves. Our duty 
is to adhere closely to our present conceptions 
of truth, with a mind open to additional light 
on any subjeot. This is tfhat we meant in the 
sentence referred to by our inquirer. 

But now the question " Which of our practices 
are doubtful 1 " has set us to thinking a little along 
that line. Are all our practices so perfeot as 



to be beyond doubt? We think not. 8 0m - 
years ago our practice in reference to carrying 
out the great commission was very faulty. yy % 
have seen that, and are doing very differently 
now. Within recent years there has been 
change in our practice of celebrating the Lord's 
Supper, and the same is true in reference to 
washing feet. This change, we think, is the re. 
suit of additional light. 

Now we ask in all sincerity, Is the churoh's 
praotice in referenoe to its ministry faultless? 
Will it stand the test of Scriptural investigation? 
When Jesus sent out his disciples on that brief 
missionary tonr, an account of which we have 
in Matt. 10, they were directed to provide noth- 
ing for the journey. And why? "For the 
workman," says Jesus, " is worthy of his meat." 
Very true, says one, when our ministers go out 
on preaching tours we provide for them. Yea- 
they are well fed and sometimes go home with 
their pockets fairly filled, but how about tho«e 
home ministers who have been laboring for years? 
Are they not worthy of their meat, too? Ksad 
the ninth chapter of first Corinthians. Study 
it carefully and draw your conclusions as to 
whether onr practice in reference to the miu- 
istry is beyond donbt. Then, too, we have min- 
isters living in towns who are engaged in the 
mercantile business, or some other calling, for 
a living. Amid the sharp competition of busi- 
ness these days, they are expected to make a 
living for their families, care for the chnroh, and 
preach the Gospel on Sunday. Is this accord- 
ing to the Gospel? And is this not the prac- 
tice of the church? We know there are a few 
exceptions, but as a general thing this is what 
our ministers are expected to do. Now we are 
not finding fault. A great many of our people 
see that to do effectual work the minister must 
be provided for. A sister who is engaged in 
mission work in one of onr large cities, recently 
exclaimed, " Oh, for a couple hundred ministers 
who need not be concerned about where their 
second coat is to come from I " The light is dawn- 
ing on ns in reference to this subject, and the 
only lamentable thing to us is that some appar- 
ently close their eyes when the light beams 
apon thern. But this will last only for a season 
and our prayer is that it may be short. 

We have before onr minds a number of places 
where we are confident a work for the Lord 
could be done, if we could send men there who 
could give their time to the work without being 
concerned about their temporal wants. We have 
sent missionaries to a foreign land, supported 
by the church, whioh is just and right, according 
to the GoBpel, and we ought to have several 
hundred men and women in the home field, 
supported in a similar way. Far greater would 
be the result than our fondest hopes could real- 
ize in the foreign field. Is this not so? If »°> 
why not put our brethren and sisters, who are 
willing to consecrate their lives to this work, in 
the field? There are those who are willing to 
work but they cannot do so unless their wants are 
supplied. Is this the general practice of the 
church? We feel that in this the chnroh may 
improve its practice, and that the cause is •offer- 
ing because we are not walking faithfully in 
the light of Truth on this snbject. The Breth- 
ren church has a great mission in the world, oud 
anything that is a hindrance to the progree' 
j of its mission should speedily be cemoved. Ihosa 



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who love the cause must feel most deeply on this 
subject. 

NUMBER FOUB OF GOSPEL MESSENGEB, 

We have jaat read No, 4, and to onr mind it is 
especially foil of good things. The item referring 
to Bro. Stover will gladden the hearts of our peo- 
pie. We waited almost impatiently for the Meb. 
senciee, hoping to get some word from him. Oai 
prayers are heard, nnd now let ns all earnestly 
pray that onr missionaries may have divine direc 
tion in their work, 

Bro. Bell's paper, "What Will the Harvest 
be?" deserves attention. That "reaction" that 
does come might perhaps be avoided to some ex. 
tent, if the revival would reach the home minis- 
try. If the home ministers were to continue 
the work, and teach under the inspiration of 
the Holy Spirit, we feel acre no bad results 
could come. But, after all, we can not see why 
the home ministry should not conduct revivals. 
Perhaps they could run them after tho ancient 
order; for instance, the Pentecostal revival. 
There can be no objections to one like that. If 
the "modern" ones are objectionable, the best 
way to avoid them is to quit sending for the so- 
called " revivalists," and have the home ministers 
work up a revival after the ancient order. That 
kind does not stop at thirty or forty additions, 
neither does it stop at the end of three or four 
weeks. In the ohurch at Theesalonioa we think 
there must have been a revival the year round, 
for we recall that the Word of the Lord aonnded 
ont not only in Macedonia and Achsia, but in 
every place their faith spresd abroad, Paul had 
been there and established the church, and after 
he left, the home ministry oontinued the wcrk 
with great success. 

Another thought. If the ohurches were to 
give their home ministers what they give the 
minister from abroad, they could then give them- 
selves more fully to the work, and the results of 
their labors might be more substantial and far- 
reaching. 

THE T5E0HE MEETINGHOUSE. 

The honse being built by the Mission Board at 
Tyrone is now under roof. We lack over a hun- 
dred dollars of having money enough to meet all 
the bills thus far contracted, and we do not pro- 
pose to proceed further nntil the money is pro- 
vided. The house is badly needed and should be 
finished as soon as possible. We hops the 
ohurches of the Middle District of Pennsylvania 
will take this matter into consideration at once, 
and that the money necessary to complete the 
building will be furnished at a very early date. 
A delay in finishing this honse will retard the 
work at this place. We are anxious to finish the 
house and push our cause. j. B. B. 



BIBLE READINGS. 



We have been requested to give the usual 
method of conducting Bible Readings among the 
Brethren. The following from the pen of Bro. 
J- S. Snively, of Lanark, 111,, will give the de- 
sired information on that subject: 

Bible meetings for young people are needful 
in every church because instructive; indeed, our 
meetings in Lanark church have become so in- 
teresting that we oonld not hold them for the 
young people only, but all,— old and young — 
take a common interest. But the young people 
should have special attention in these meetings, 
the leader should see that they be given some- 
thing to do at eaoh meeting. 



"Since our Bible meetings have begun, I no 
tioa quite a development of talent; many, who be- 
fore were too timid to speak, or even read in pnb- 
lic, now enjoy the exercises. Onr plan of.work, 
however, is not perfect, and has much room for 
improvement. Meetings open the same as all our 
other meetings. The leader is chosen for four 
successive evenings, and it is his dnty to select 
some practical subject, such as may be easily 
comprehended. This subject may be subdivided 
under several heads; then he selects from ten to 
fifteen Scriptural references, Each of these is 
placed on a slip of paper, numbered and distribut- 
ed among the people present. After the intro- 
duction of the subject by the leader, the mem- 
bers are called and eaoh one responds by reading 
the Scripture assigned him and such remarks a> 
he feels to make. 

" After all the numbers have been called, liber- 
ty is given to any one present to speak (a short 
time) on the subject. If the hour is not all spent 
in this way we have found it interesting and 
profitable to have memory verses recited. It is 
good to memorize Scripture and recite in this 
way. These exercises may be interspersed with 
song." 



Notesirom Our Correspondents. 



Chippewa Creek, lien.— We have been enjoying 
some very good meetings here, conducted by our 
elder, D. Chambers, of the New Haven church, 
who came to us Jan. 5, and continued every even- 
ing until the 9th. He gave us some soul-stirring 
sermons. Although we oannot report any acces- 
sions, we feel encouraged and feel that good seed 
was sown. The church here is in peace and un. 
ion, and trying to labor for the Master's cause. 
Oome again, Bro. Chambers, and labor for us and 
the Master's cause I We invite all ministers to 
come and hold meetings for us who should hap- 
pen to pass this way. —W. F. Jehnzen, Bodney, 
Mick, Jan. 18. 

Latlmore, Pa — Bro. Albeit Hollinger, of Hunts- 
dale, Cumberland Co., Pa , came to the Latimore 
house of the Upper Oonowago church, Dec. 29, 
and commenced a series of meetings, assisted by 
the home ministry, and oontinued nntil Jan. 15. 
We had large and very attentive congregations. 
The result of the meetings was two received by 
confession and baptism, and one applicant to be 
received in the near future. Bro. Hollinger 
appears to be attached to this neighborhood, it 
being here he spent his boyhood days, and here 
lie the remainB of his father who labored in the 
ministry at this place a number of years. — Abram 
Burkholder, Jan. 18. 

Tuscarawas, Ohio. — On the evening of Deo. 22 the 
writer began a series of meetings in the Zion 
house. We were assisted by Eld. F. B. Weimer, 
he arriving on the 26th. Bro. Weimer remained 
with ns two weeks. After Bro. Weimer's de- 
parture the writer continued meetings a while 
longer, closing on the evening of Jan. 13. Three 
precious souls were added to the church by 
baptism. Others were almost persuaded. The 
chnrch was much strengthened and built up. 
We hope to eD joy many more such meetings. I 
am at this writing assisting the Brethren in a 
meeting in what is known as the Sugar Bidge 
chnroh, Wood County, Ohio. So far, the attend- 
ance is fair and interest good, but I find consid- 
erable opposition here, and a disposition on the 
part of the people to prefer worldly pleasures 
rather than God's service. I have been reminded 
of the following, " The time will oome when men 
will be lovers of pleasure more than lovers of 
God." Will report result of the meeting later.— 
Beuien Shroyer, Pierce, Ohio, Jan. 19. 



la Forge, Uo.=-We are in the midst of a series of 
meetings. We commenoed Christmas and have a 
good interest. Four have oome out on the Lord's 
side and were baptized and one has been re- 
claimed. Others are near the kingdom and are 
counting the cost. In the near future you will 
hear from us again.— Daniel Lorah, La Faroe. 
Mo. 

Indian Creek, Pa.— Bro. Jasper Barnthonse, of 
Garrett Oonnty, Md., came to us on the evening 
of Jan. 5 and remained until the 15 th, preaohing 
in all eleven sermons. We had very interest- 
ing meetings. Owing to tho inolemenoy of the 
weather the congregations were small. Bro. 
Barnthonse preached the Word with power and 
we feel that lasting impressions have been made. 
Two dear young souls came out on the Lord's 
side.— ^liice Nedrcw. 

middle District, Ohio.— Yesterday our church met 
in quarterly council. Not much business came 
before the meeting but all was disposed of in a 
Christian spirit, and harmony prevailed. The 
church feeling the need of more help in the min- 
istry, a choice was held, and the lot fell on our 
worthy brother, D. P. Sollenberger, who, with 
his companion, was duly installed. May the 
Lord's blessings ever go with them ! — D. C. Ben- 
driclcson, West Milton, Ohio, Jan. 20. 

Clear Creek Church, Bid.— Bro. Joseph Brubaker 
commenced meetings here Deo. 29 and was assist- 
ed by Bro. Israel Crip 3 who came to us Jan. 2. 
Nineteen sermons were preached with good ef- 
fect. There wae a deep interest manifested both 
by the members and neighbors throughout the 
entire meeting. Five came into the church by 
baptism and there is one applicant. The meet- 
ings dosed Jan. 11. Oar prospect is bright and 
glorious. — Frank A. R. Brower, Jan, 20. 

Pine flrove Chnrch, Did.— Bro. David Miller, of 
Overhill, Upshur Co., W. Va , came to us Jan. 5 
to hold a series of meetings. He preached sever- 
al sonl-cheering sermons but on account of throat 
trouble was not able to continue the meetings. 
The meetings olosed with good interest and one 
baptized on the 16 ih. Bro. Miller, Bro. W. T. 
Biner and a few members started for Bro. Dig- 
man's, to anoint sister Digman, who has been ill 
for some time. Bro. Miller will start for home 
on the 17th. — Lizzie Cross. 

Honnioutn, Cans. — At our last social meeting it 
waB suggested that we appoint some solicitors to 
gather something for the needy in 'the drouth- 
stricken district of Kansas and Nebraska. Four 
solicitors were elected by the meeting to go to 
work at once to canvas the country at large; and 
it seemed that each tried to do the most, and in a 
few days there was S108 reported. The commit- 
tee was authorized to select points most in need, 
either in Kansas or Nebraska, and send the funds 
thus collected at once. The amount was equally 
divided, to be sent to the following persons: A. 
F. Beeler, Wallace, Nebr., A. M. Dickey, McPher- 
son, Kans., and J. W. Thomas, Msywood, Nebr. 
Those parties are personally known to some of the 
committee and we hope that our little mite may 
be the means of feeding some poor, hungry chil- 
dren. Let the good work go on everywhere. I 
should feel very bad if any one in this State or 
Nebraska should go hungry or half-clad when we 
have plenty and to spare. And while we feel so 
mindful of the wants of the body, might it not 
also be possible that some are even now starv- 
ing for the Bread of Life? Why should we not 
to their rescue aa well as we do to save 
those starving for the necessities of this life? 
Let ns give this matter a thought and see wheth- 
er we cannot soon gather means to send our mis- 
sionaries everywhere and feed the starving souls 
with thelBread of Life.— J. B. Wolfe. 



THE^GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



February 5, 1896, 



Brlngnurst, Ind.— Bro. J. M. Mohlor, of Pennsyl 
ranis, came to our eastern home Jan. 14, preach- 
ing every night since, and a few times in day- 
time. So far, three hare been baptized and 
others are counting the cost. He will continue 
next week yet if it is the Lord's will. — Henry 
Landis, Jan. 26. 

Pleasant Dale, Ind.— Bro. Lsvi Stonebnrner, of 
Warsaw, Ind., gave ns a very pleasant call on his 
way home from Walnnt Level, Wells Oo., Ind. 
Bro. Levi reports five additions by baptism at the 
above-named place. He gave ns one of his nsnal 
interesting and instrnctive sermons before leav- 
ing for his home, — H. J. Dilling, Jan. 18. 

Indiana County, Fa.— Bro. H. A. Stahl, of Glade, 
Somerset Co., will hold a series of meetings in 
the City of Indiana, commencing Feb. 3. We ex- 
pect to have a good meeting and hope to have 
good snocsss. We will be pleased to have the at- 
tendance of all the snrronnding Brethren. We 
ask the prayers of alL — Mrs. Lottie Jacoby. 

Latimore, Fa.— Bro. Albert Hollinger, of Hunts- 
dale, Fa., came to ue Dec. 29 and remained until 
Jan. 15. By his earnest and efficient labors 
among ns, sinners were warned and the members 
much encouraged. Four precious souls were 
added to the fold, and others were deeply im- 
pressed. His labors were much appreciated. — J. 
A. Harlacher, Jan. 23. 

Bilford, lad.— Bro. Isaac Berkey, of the Rock 
Bun church, came to us Dec. 22, and remained 
with ns until Jan. 8 and preached twenty-four 
excellent sermons. There was one addition by 
baptism, and others, we think, are near the king- 
dom, and we have reason to believe that lasting 
impressions were made. Bro. Berkey is an able 
speaker.— James D. Neff, Jan 22. 

Pipe Creek Church, Ind.— Eld. W. R. Deeter, of 
Milford, Ind., came to us Jan. 8 and held a series 
of meetings, continuing until the evening of the 
22nd, preaching in all twenty sermons. One was 
baptized. Bro. Deeter preached the Word in a 
plain and forcible manner, and we think many 
good impressions were made that will be visible 
in the future.— W. B. Dailey, Peru, Ind., Jan. 23. 

Somerset, Ind.— On Jan. 5 our dear elder, David 
Oaylor, assisted by brethren Stransburg and 
Miller, commenced a series of meetings at the 
Oart Creek meetinghouse, continuing till the 
20 th, preaching in all nineteen sermons. There 
were no additions, but we are mBde to believe 
that many lasting impressions were made. On 
account of inclement weather the attendance was 
not very large.— Jos. P. Winger, Sweetser, Ind. 

lonnt View, Bo.— I arrived home Jan. 22, after 
an absence of nearly three months, on a preach- 
ing tonr. We had very enjoyable meetings in 
general, with quite a number of accessions and 
much evidence of "Almost thon perauadest me to 
be a Christian," My trip was mostly in Kansas. 
I stopped on my way home at Nevada, Mo., and 
at Deepwater, Mo. My health remained good. 
I expect to start out again the 29th, if the Lord 
permits.— M. T. Baer, Jan. 24. 

Chandler, Okla.-Bro. J. Appleman, of Olarkson, 
Okla., came to ns Jan. 5 and began a series of 
meetings at the Buck echoolhouse, five miles 
southeast of Chandler. He preached in all 
twelve sermons, with good attendance and good 
order. The members were very mnch encouraged 
and built up in the faith. Three were made will. 
ing to join in with the people of God and were 
baptized. Two of them were an aged man and 
his wife, he being sixty-nine and she sixty.one 
years of age. Bro. Appleman left us with a 
promise to return the third Sunday in Febru- 
ary.— J. F. Beits, Jan. 18. 



Sidney, Ind.— I began meetings in the Spring- 
field congregation, in the Weaver church, Noble 
Co., Ind., Jan. 3, and closed on the 23rd, with 
some hindrances in the way of inolement weather; 
but as a whole, the meetings were good and well 
attended. Two were reoeived by baptism and 
others were seemingly near the kingdom. I re- 
turned home yesterday. I expect to begin meet- 
ings Feb. 1 in the Hickory Grove church, near 
Tippecanoe City, Miami Co., Ohio. — Daniel 
Snell, Jnn. 25. 

Broadfording, ISd. — Oar series of meetings at the 
Broadfording house commenced on the evening 
of Jan. 3 and closed on the evening of the 20th. 
Bro. Brice Sell did the preaching, and he handled 
the Sword of the Spirit with great skill and 
power. The meeting closed with a large congre- 
gation and best of attention and feelings. There 
were no accessions to the churoh, bnt the seed 
has been sown in such a manner that if there was 
any good ground to fall on, it will spring np and 
bring forth its harvest — F. J. Neib'.rt, Jan. 21. 

Double Pipe Creek, Bid.— The Brethren of the 
Monocacy church met in quarterly council Jan. 6. 
The meeting was a pleasant one. One who had 
strayed from the fold was induced to return. 
Jan. 6 Bro. Joseph Long, of York, Pa., came to 
our Double Pipe Greek house and labored for us 
till the night of the 14tb. One was added to the 
church. His leaving us when the meetings were 
growing so interesting was regretted by inquirers 
after the Truth, as well as by the Brethren. — Snm- 
uel Weybright, Jan. 21. 

Casey, Iowa — Bro. Joseph L. Myers, of Yale, 
Iowa, came to us Jan. 5, and remained until Jan. 
14, preaching in all eleven soul-cheering sermons. 
While there were no additions, the few isolated 
members here were built up and strengthened. 
We have no regular preaching here. There are 
plenty of places right here in Iowa where the 
people have never heard the Gospel in its primi- 
tive purity, though the majority of them are pro- 
fessors, The Messenoeb is our faithful preacher 
and the Bible is our guide.— Sylvester Noland, 
Jan. 21. 

liddle Creek Church, Iowa.— Eld. Michael Flory 
and wife, of Illinois, came to our congregation 
Jan. 12 and remained till the 20th. He preached 
eleven plain, practical sermons and tried to en- 
courage all to a higher Christian life. We have 
not many members living near the church, but 
the meetings were well attended by our members 
and professors of other denominations and their 
children. There were no additions to the church, 
but we do hope the seed Bown will spring up and 
bring forth fruit to the glory of God. The mem- 
bers were encouraged in the divine life. The 
congregation got larger each night. The last 
meeting the house was well filled.— S. P. Miller, 
New Sharon, low i, Jan, 22. 

Soaring Spring, Pa.— Our home elder, G. W. 
Brnmbaugh, commenced a protracted meeting at 
Ore Hill Jan. 5, This is a mining district. The 
miners laid together and converted an engine- 
house into a churchhonse for any denomina- 
tion to preach in. About eighteen months ago a 
call was made for us to come there and preach, 
which call was accepted and a meeting held there 
every fourth Sunday. There were no accessions 
at this meeting, but we hope good results will 
follow. Eld. Brumbaugh's principal effort was to 
indoctrinate the people at this place. The at- 
tendance was very good, and at the last meeting 
the house was filled to its utmost capacity, both 
standing and seated, and many returned home on 
acoount of not having room. Bro. Brnmbaugh 
preached in all eighteen sermons.— J. B. Stayer, 
Jan. 26. 



North Banchester, Ind.— Bro. Wm. Bowser, from 
Dayton, Ohio, last night closed a very interesting 
series of meetings here which lasted over two 
weeks. He wielded the Sword with much ability 
There were no accessions, yet we feel that the 
meetings were a success. We believe that many 
good and lasting impressions were made and that 
the seed sown will finally develop into ripe grain 
The interest was commendable. The members 
were encouraged and built up in that mast holy 
faith. We think the meetings closed too soon 
In the midst of such an interest meetings ought 
not to close. But Bro. Bowser oould not well 
stay longer. May God bless alll— D. C. Gripe 
Jan. 21. 

Fairview Church, nd.— We closed our meetings 
Jan. 13, the weather being very cold and stormy 
with much rain and snow. The meetings were 
small, but the interest was good. There was 
much sickness in the community during the 
meeting. Bro. James Hutchison and family, and 
others, oould attend bnt little. Oar health re. 
mains much the same. We praise the Lord that 
it is no worse. Brethren, pray that the Lord will 
still continue with ns in the good work, We are 
glad that the missionary spirit is growing all 
along the line. Brethren, move on until we all 
get filled with the same missionary spirit as was 
our great standard-bearer, Christ, and the apos- 
tles. Dear Lord, bless every lawful effort put 
forth to save precious souls I — Isaac Bario, (?n/- 
fin, Md., Jan. 15. 

Philadelphia, Pa. — Five more were reoently added 
to the church by baptism. A good interest is be- 
ing manifested in our church work generally. 
Oar Sunday school ranges from 220 to 250 in reg- 
ular attendance, Bro. Beahm will begin his 
meetings with us about March 1, I am jast now 
preaching a few doctrinal sermons. The subjects 
are previously announced, and they always draw 
good, appreciative audiences. Some people think 
that doctrinal preaching is ont of date. They 
say it will not take any more. I find the reverse 
to be true. People are ready to listen to the 
Truth, if it is rightly put So much depends 
on how the Truth is presented. An occasional 
doctrinal sermon is profitable to all concerned, — 
T. T. Myers, Jan. 22. 

Lawrenceburgb, Tenn. — I have lived in this part of 
the State for two years, have done considerable 
preaching and baptized one sister. There are 
nine members in this vicinity. We would like 
very much if some brother would come and or. 
ganize us into a church, so that we could carry 
out all the ordinances of the ohurch. Why not 
spend a little missionary money here in trying to 
save precious souls? People live here out of al- 
most every State in the Union, and there is not a 
Brethren's church within one hundred miles of 
us. The people are disposed to give a hearing 
ear to the Word, but it will take several years to 
establish the doctrine of Christ in the minds of 
the people. Close living to the Word and gentle 
training and perseverance are the only means.— 
G. W. Davis, Jan. 21. 

Donglas, Bo.— Jan. 7 Bro. W. Dove came to our 
place and commenced preaching at Fairview 
church. He preached seventeen soul-cheering 
sermons. All that were hungering for the Bread 
of Life were well fed and sinners were made to 
tremble. Six precious souls came out on the 
Lord's side and were buried with Christ in bap- 
tism. One was the head of a family; the others 
ranged in years from thirteen to seventeen. 
Others were almost persuaded. While our meet- 
ing was going on we had two prayer meetings' 
These are the life of the church. On the 12ft 
we had church council. Bnt little business came 
before the meeting. We granted letters ta five of 



February 6, 1896. 



T HE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



our members to go to other fields of labor, which 
made n« sad, as one was our oldest minister, a 
good worker, and one of the first ones to bnild np 
this church. May they be shining lights in their 
new homes I— Nannie Harman, Jan. 20. 

Canton, Ohio.— A series of meetings was held at 
the Center meetinghouse, Canton congregation 
Stark Co., Ohio, commencing on the evening of 
Jan. 1 and closing on the evening of Jan. 20. In 
all, we had twenty-eight meetings, inoluding our 
first quarterly council, which was held Jan. 19. 
One was received into the church by baptism and 
two by letter, and there is one more opplioant for 
baptism. Others were brought near the kingdom 
by the earnest and faithful preaching of the 
Word. Bro. John F. Kahler did the most of the 
preaching, but was assisted by Bro. Jaoob Weir- 
ich. Both are onr home ministers. Bro. Samuel 
Sprankle, of the West Nimishillen church, came 
and labored a few days with us, giving whole- 
some instruction. Bro. John Kurtz and Bro. 
J. J. Hoover, of the East Nimishillen church, 
Ohio, and Bro. Simon B. Stnckey, of the Sandy 
church, Ohio, also came to our meetings and lent 
a helping hand.— George S. Grim, Louisville, 
Ohio, Jan. 22. 



CORRESPONDENCE. 

" Write what thou aeest, and send It unte the churches." 



tS^Church News solicited for this Department. It you ] 
good meeting, send a report of It, so that others may rejoice 
In writing give name of church, County and State. Be brief. 
Travel should be as short as possible. Land Advertisements a 



A Sad Accident. 

In the Jsoob's Creek congregation, Westmore- 
land Co , Pa , on Sunday morning, Jan. 20, Bro. 
Paul Baker and family, who live about four 
miles away, started for church, bnt learning 
oa the way that this was not the day for the 
appointment at this place, tnrned aside to viBit 
his brother. While at his brother's, other girls 
took his little girl (nearly seven years old) on 
the ioe of the Bridgeport dam, to teach her to 
skate. One on either side having her by the 
hand and another behind her with her hands 
on the little girl's shoulders, they hurried along 
and when about two rods from shore suddenly 
oae girl fell and broke the ioe, and down went 
all four. In the fall the little girl in the center 
was pushed forward under the ice and drowned. 
The other three were rescued in time to save 
lite. Funeral services on Tuesday, the 22nd, by 
the writer, at Mt. Joy church. Bro. Baker and 
family have the heart-felt sympathies of brethren 
and sisters and friends in this their sad bereave 
™ent. J, K Eioher, 

Keckshurg. Pa 



Death of a Young Girl. 

Gbace, daughter of Eld. Lemuel and sister 
Mary Hillery, died Deo. 30, 1894, aged 17 years, 
5 months and 6 days. She was sick only a few 
days. Her suffering was intense, yet she said to 
her father, " I cannot weep, I must talk now, for I 
have no time to lose, I cannot do now what I 
desire to do. God knows what I would do if I 
could. I never was as wicked es some thought. 
I always loved the ohurch, but covered it up. My 
worldly companions did not help me to think of 
death. When you talked to me about my way- 
wardness I would run away and hide or seek 
worldly company. I could not see that I was sin- 
ful until this sickness took hold of me. I will 
now do what I can." She requested her father to 
Put oil on her head and pray over her. She said 
" WonId b e like the anointing. She also requested 



her father to destroy her curling iron and to comb 
baok her bangs, saying, " I hate these things and 
my past life. Put a cap on my head " 

She then admonished her aisooiatea to pin the 
church, as she expeoted to do if spared. Her 
directions and message to those around here and 
to her sister in Kansas were vary touching. It is 
to be hoped that this warning will not soon be 
forgotten by her associates, as they fell from the 
lips of a dying companion, Bro. Hillery has the 
sympathy of the entire community. Funeral s«r- 
vices were conducted by the writer, assisted by 
Henry Naff, from 2 8. m. 17: 17, to a large con- 
course of people. w. K Deeter 



Yale University, New Haven, Conn. 

On last Saturday, Jan. 12, it was our privilege 
to break away from University work for a short 
time, and visit our parents and the old home 
church at Amwell, New Jersey. Saturday even- 
ing we very pleasantly speat with onr parents, a 
brother and his family, in discussing various 
phases of church and edncational work. On the 
following Sunday we met for worship with the 
Amwell Brethren. It was at this ohurch we 
had our first experience in trying to labor as 
pastor. 

We haH indeed a pleasant meeting and greeting 
with many old and familiar brethren and friends. 
We had the pleasure of being present in the 
Bible clais, condneted by the pastor, Bro. F. F. 
Holsopple. We were much pleased with the way 
in whioh onr brother presented the lesson, 
also the interest manifested by the members cf 
the olass. 

We tried to preach both morning and evening. 
The attendance at the morning service was very 
good; in the evening the attendance was small, 
owing to the severe weather. Oar esteemed Bro. 
Robinson Hyde was present at the morning serv- 
ice, although quite feeble with age. Bro. Hyde is 
one of the ministering brethren. The bishop cf 
the church, Eld. J. D. Hoppock, was prevented 
from attending service, owing to sickness. Bro. 
Hoppock commands the respect and esteem of 
the entire ohurch over which he presides. 

We were pleased to notice the love and union 
prevailing in the church. A successful revival 
was closed at Amwell a faw weeks ago. The 
members of the church were much revived and 
sinners ware born into the kingdom of God. Bro. 
Holsopple did most of the preaching and I am 
told he did it well. 

We hope and pray for the success of this as for 
all other churches of the Brotherhood. 

We have now returned to our University duties 
and are much pleased with the nature of our work 
as wall as interested in our studies. 

Amos H. Haines, 

Jan. 19. __ tJ _^_ 

From Topsail, Fa. 

Dec 6 wife and I started from Conway Springs, 
Kans., for Pennsylvania. We arrived at Wash- 
ington, Pa, on the 8th, having had a prosperous 
journey. Dec. 15 I oommenced meetings in the 
Old Brick," meetinghouse. This house was 
erected in 1832. Here I was received into church 
fellowship June 4, 1842, chosen to the ministry 
Oct. 18, 1813, and ordained to the eldership Oct. 
1851. Surely many hallowed memories cluster 
around this place. Oa Sunday evening the house 
was fall of attentive listeners. Bat where were 
the onoe familiar faces seen in bygone years in 
the congregation worshiping here? Gone! All 
gone! The speaker was the only one remaining 
of those present who worshiped here fifty years 
ago, my wife being unable to attend the services. 
My wife was received into ohurch fellowship here 



in 1844. She was then young, but now a%e is 
telling on her. 

We oontinued our meetings ot evenings and on 
Sunday mornings and evenings over ttree Sun- 
days, except when the weather was too inclement 
or the preacher's health too feeble. We have had 
in all, up to date, twenty meetings. For the 
future our meetings will be at the " Old Brick" 
the seoond and fourth Sundays of every month. 

Jan. 16 we reorganized our Sunday school for 
the first qaarter of 1895. Although few in num- 
ber, our brethren thought best to continue the 
Sauday school woik right along. Oa meeting 
days Sunday school will be held at 10 A. M., other 
Sundays at 3 P. M. We aak the prayers of the 
saints that great good may be done in the name 
of the Holy One of Israel. We are now sowing, 
and as the " husbandman has long patienoe," we 
hope for the early and latter showers of divine 
graoato m.tura a bountiful harvest of sonli for 
the Lord. ,; We shall reap if wa faint not." We 
grastly desire an ingathering in the near future. 
In oar Sanlay school wa use the Brethren's 
literature. j 0HN WlsEi 

Jin. 16. 

From Custer County, Hebr. 

Tee familiar face of the Messenger reached 
us here to-day full of good things. In feasling 
on its contents our zial for the cause of Jesus 
is renewed. By order of the Mission Board I 
am laboring here in the northern part of the 
Wood Bivar church, contemplating the forma- 
tion of a new organization before we leave. The 
members here at this isolated point are full 
of zeal, with a favorable outlook before them. 
This is the famine stricken district and some 
cases of suffering have been reported, but large 
quantities of aid have recently been sent in and 
distributed. With very few exceptions, all are 
receiving aid, for crops were almost an entire 
failure. 

In coming out from Litchfield, twelve miles, 
through a farming oountry, we saw but one 
strawstack. 

I will give a statement of one brother's last 
year's farming; and this is a fair sample of 
hundreds of others, except that few got any 
wheat at all. 

Sowed 180 bushels of wheat. Threshed 90 
bushels. Sowed 120 bushels of oats. Got none. 
Sowed ten acres of rye. Got none. Planted 
120 acres of corn. Got none. Sowed 20 acres 
of millet. Got none. Planted 12 bushels of po- 
tatoes. Got one-half bnshel. Planted the gar- 
den twice. Got two messes of beans. 

This is a fair result of farming. One brother 
told me he plauted sixty-five aores of corn. They 
gathered enough roasting ears to make four messes 
for the family, — not another ear could be 
found. Farmers in the East will wonder what 
is the oanse of all this, and no doubt conclnde 
it is the poor soil. Not so. The soil is excellent, 
but for the last two years the rains and snows 
have been withheld, and it is quite evident that 
nothing bnt irrigation, either by ditching or 
pumning, will insure a crop here. 

" Am I my brother's keeper?" Yes, evidently. 
The good people of the more favored parts of 
the country believe they are; for large contri- 
butions of aid come from all parts. One gentle- 
man in Whiteside County, Illinois, alone do- 
nated a car load of Hour to be distributed at 
Litchfield, in Sherman County. From the pres- 
ent outlook no one will need to suffer. The 
question for seed aud feed for the next spring 
crop is now the most difficult question. 

Jesse I. Heckler. 
Jan. 24. 



THE GOSPEL MES8ENGES: 



February 6, 1 



Chip3 from the- Workhouse. 



On a recent trip through Eastern Kansas, some 
days were spent at MoLouth, in the eastern part 
of Jeff ersou Oonnty, where there are a number of 
members helling their membership with the 
Ozawkie church, in the western part of the 
County. Around McLoath is a section of ooun- 
try where good farcers have always been blessed 
with crops, some of them having been there 
for more than thirty years. One of our breth- 
ren last year raised ovor thirteen thousand bush- 
els of corn and this year nearly as much, besides 
other grain. Bsing thus blessed, they decided 
to bnild a two thonaand dollar meetinghouse in 
the towa of McLouth, whish, being all paid for, 
was Die, 23 dedicated to the Lord, and '.ha first 
Communion was he!d in it on Ohriitma3 evening. 
One minister from McPherson, one from Ltv- 
rence and three from Oziwkie composed the 
ministerial for;e. The meetings were pleasant 
and enjoyable throughout, with the exoeplion of a 
feeling of sadness and gloom, in some degree af- 
fecting the entire community, and the family of 
our dear brother, Divid Kimmel, in particular, 
caused by his wifa, the bosom companion from 
his youth, being stricken down with paralysis so 
severely that her departure was expected at any 
moment during these meetings. She finally 
passed away and on the last Sonday in 1894 her 
remains were qaietly laid to rest in the city of 
the dead. For many years she had lived a devot- 
ed Christian, whose firm faith in Christ had ever 
sustained and comforted her; and now, at the near 
approach of death, she leaned still more firmly 
upon the exceeding great and precious promises 
of the Gospel and with patient desire awaited the 
time when she might be " absent from the body 
and present with the Lord.*' She was the moth- 
er of two sons aai five daughters, all of whom 
were present. They are ali church members and 
all have families of their own. Bro. David, the 
agad husband and father of thia interesting and 
kind family, was thus left alone at his home near 
the new meetinghouse, where he and the departed 
one had moved from their country home early in 
the yearjnst closed. Bro David is Hearing the 
three score and tin, having labored iu the minis- 
try for upwards of thirty years. He is the only 
minister of our church in this part of the Oonnty. 
He, as well as the other members, would be much 
pleased to have some younger ministers, as well 
bb other members, settle in this part of the Lord's 
great field and help them in the work of the 
Lord. Address him, David Kimme), MoLouth, 
Kana, After this I made a ehort visit to the Ri- 
mona and Abilene churches, then, on Jan. 5, in 
company with Eld. J. B. Shirk, of RamonB, a vis- 
it was made to the Peab ody congregation, where 
John Thomas was elected by the church and duly 
installed into the ministry, with his wife us his 
helper. Both were reoaived in the usual order. 
Daniel Yaniman. 

From Nebraska 

Bbo. D. L. Miller reached our place Jan. 4 and 
delivered one of his Bible Land talk* that evening 
to a good, attentive audience. He came almost 
an entire stranger; in fact to a class of people 
who knew nothing of his travels, only as an. 
nounced through the papers. On the first night h 
weither was of a threatening nature, bat a number 
of the people of our little oity had come out to 
hear him and they were made to realize that he 
knew what he was talking about. Without flit- 
tering the people of Republican Oity, I can say 
they appreciate something good; something of a 
substantial nature, — about as readily as any people 
I have ever known. Saturday night Bro. Miller 



again spoke to a houseful of hungry souls. At 11 
A. M, Sunday, he preached an exoelieot sermon. 
At 2 P. M. we had children's meeting. This was 
one of the moBt interesting meetings of the kind 
I ever attended. About seventy-five little boys 
and girls occupied the center seats and listened 
very eagerly to Bro. Miller's talk. At 7:30 P. M. 
Bro. Miller gave another Jerusalem talk. The 
house was paoked to its fall capacity. Many 
were the regrets that he could not remain a 
week. 

If Bro. Miller will agree to oome again the 
good people of Republican City will guarantee a 
fall honse for two weeks. Qiite a number of 
these people would like to hear him on doctrinal 
points, People are getting tired of finely-poiished 
sermonr. They like it more on the conversational 
style; in fact, it seems to get nearer to the people. 
Bro. Miller made a strong point in bis introduc- 
tory remarks when he said, " I did not come here 
to lecture, but to talk to you just as though you 
visited me in my home in Mt Morris." Plain, 
common-sense talk and sound doctrine are what 
the people demand. J. H. Miller. 

Alm-i, Nebr., Jan. 10 

Wherj the Annual Meetings Have Baen Held 

In the ',R ; vised Minutes " the pieces wtrers the 
Annual Meetings were held from the year 1827 to 
1856 are not given. Our old sister Paulding 
says in the year 1827 the Annual Meeting waa 
held at her uncle George Rogen's, in Franklin 
County, Pa, about two and one-half miles from 
Waynesboro. She says Bhe was at the meeting. 
She is now in hsr eighry.fiith year. In the year 
1836 the Annua! Meeting was held in the Lower 
Cumberland church, Pa , at Bro. Daniel Mohlei'a. 
I was there at the meeting; so was Bro. Win. 
Howe, of Pennsylvania It seems to me that 
there are still some living who could give the 
other places of the Meeting. I think it will not 
be long till another edition will be printid, then 
could all the places of the Annual Meeting be 
given. John Bbindle 

[IhoBe having additional information along 
thiB Hoe will confer a favor by sending it to as. — 
Ed] 



Matrimonial. 



STRYKER— SMITH.— In Berthoud, Colo., Dec. 27, 
894, by Eld. Harris, of the Christian church, John V. Stryk- 
:r, of Berthoud, Colo , and Erne E. Smith, of Franklin Coun- 
ty, Va. W. T. Smith. 

STOOPS— BRUBAKER.— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, J:n. 13, 1895, by Bro. N. F. Brubiker, Mr. Ell 
Stcops and slstei Mary E. Brubaker, both of Pratt County, 
Kans. • J. H. Mim.hr. 

H ADSELI HOOVER.— At the residence of the bride's 

brother, John B. Hoover, eight miles west of Phoenix, Ariz., 
Jan. 1, 1895, by Eld. Peter Forney, B. A. Hadsell, of Pha-jlx, 
Ariz., and Fannie E. Hoover, of Newburgh, Cumberland 
Co., Pa. W. E. Hadsim. 

ROLAND— RUSSELL.— At the home of sister Roland, 
Chicago, 111 , Jan. 20, 1895, William I. Roland and Lulu N. 
Russell. W. R. Miller. 



Fallen Asleep. 



SHOOK.— In the Root River church, Minn , Jan. 16, 1895, 
Infant daughter of Bro. J. H. F. and sister Hannah Shook, 
aged 16 days. Funeral services by Bro. Jonathan Broad 
water, from Mai 3: 17. Em.aM.Ogg. 

ROTHROCK.— In the Montlcello church, lnd., Jan. 18, 
1895, William Rothrock, aged 73 years, 2 months and 25 
days. Bro. Rothrock was born in Mifflin County, Pa., and 
came with his father's family to White County, lnd., in 1831. 



arrled Elizabeth Coctiel! Nov. 11, 1843. To this union 
born eleven children. Five daughters, with' their aged 
mother, survive him. In 1859 he united with the Brethren 
church. Soon after becoming a member he was eltcted to 
the officii of deacon, and thus he became one of the early work- 
ers In tie Montlcello church,— one of the fathers of the 
church He faithfully performed his work as a deacon until 
he peacefully passed away. His last Christian duty was (0 
call for the elders and be anointed In the name of the Lord 
at which time he expressed himself fully resigned to the will 
of the Lord. Funeral services by the writer, from Acts 7: 59, 
J. A. Weaver. 
CROSS— In the La Porte church, La. Porte Co, lnd., 
Jan. 18, 1895, from an abscess In the side, Bro. Daniel L. 
Cross, aged 17 years, 9 months and 12 days. He was a 
very bright young man and always truthful. Dec. 24 he 
sent for the writer and said he wanted to unite with the 
church. On being asked If he thought he could stand it, he 
said he did not know whether he could walk to the water, 
but he said when he got there Jesus would go with him down 
Into the water, and I know he did, for though the water was 
Ice cold, he was baptized without a struggle, and his hope 
was In Christ to the end. His father and mother are both 
deal mules and members of the church. Funeral services by 
the wilter, from 1 John 2: 14. R. J. Shrkve. 

KIMMEL.— Near Sheldon, Iowa, Jan. 18, 1895, of heart 
trouble, Annie Belle, little daughter of W. C. and Annie 
Kimmel. She was only a tud of seven summers, too tender 
and lovely, I suppose, to open here, so God took her. Fu- 
neral services at the Brethren's church, Sunday, by the writ- 
er and Bro. T. Myers. Interment In the Sheldon cemetery. 
J. E. Rolstsn. 
KIMMEL.— In the McLouth church, McLouth, Kans, 
Dec. 29, 1894, sister Leah Kimmel, aged 66 years, 9 months 
and 2 days. She was the daughter of David Rlegel, and was 
born In Berks County, Pa. She emigrated with her parents 
to Montgomery County, Ohio, in 1833, and was married to 
David Kimmel Jan. 18, 1849, and they united with the Ger- 
man Baptist Brethren church In September of the same year. 
To this union weie born seven children,— two sons and five 
daughters. Sister Kimmel was strong In her convictions of 
the religion of Christ, as understood and practiced by the 
church of her choice. Her sickness was muscular paralysh, 
from which her death resulted after an Illness of about three 
weeks. She Intensely desired the anointing of oil In the 
name of the Lord, which was administered by the elders 
about two weeks before her death. She departed this life with 
the bright hope of a glorious immortality. Sister Kimmel 
was the only living daughter of her father's family, and was 
the first married In the family, and hers was the first death in 
her own family, and the first funeral In the German Baptist 
Brethren churchhouse recently erected, and dedicated just 
one week before her funeral took place; and her grave was 
the first one in the family burying ground in the city ceme- 
tery. SUSAN R. BlACK. 

ULREY.— In the Eel River church, Kosciusko Co, lnd., 
Jan 3, 1895, Sarah Ulrey, aged 77 3 cars, 8 months and 2 
days. Seivlces by brethren Dorsey Hodgden and Samuel 
Leck-one. Emanuel Leckrone. 

RISINGER— In the Prairie Creek church, Wells Co, 
lnd, Jan. 16, 1S95, John William, sen of Irvln and Susan 
Rlslnger, aged 11 months and 22 days. Funeral by the un- 
dersigned. L. Huffman. 

FRANTZ.— In the North Manchester church, lnd, Jan. 
10, 1895, Bro. Abraham Franlz, aged 72 years, 3 months and 
23 da; s. He leaves a wife and several children. Deceased 
was a brother to Eld. Henry Franlz, of Ohio. He was a 
member of the Brethren church for many years. Seivlces 
by Bro. A. L. Wright and others. D. C. Cripe. 

WAGONER.— In the North Fork chuich, Carroll Co, 
lnd., Jan. 1, 1895, sister Cathailne Wagoner, aged 47 vears 
and r month. She was first married to Noah N. Wagoner, 
to which union two children were born,— a son and daughter. 
The husband and son preceded her to the splilt world about 
twelve years ago. In 1885 she was married to Christian C. 
Wagoner, to which union a son was born. A few evenings 
before she died she called the brelhren lo her bedside and 
was anointed. She leaves a husband, daughter, son and step- 
son. Funeral discourse by Bro. Amos B. Peters, from Heb. 
4:9. Burial in the Pyrmont cemetery. J. W. VetteR. 

BLICKENSTAFF.— In the North Fork church, Carroll 
Co,, lnd., Jan. 15, 1895, sister Amy Wagoner Bllckenstafi, 
aged 22 years, 4 months and 25 days. She joined the church 
quite young and lived a faithful and zealous life. Au ^^ 
1893, she was married tc 
union was born Nov. II, 
died Tan. 13, 1895, aged 
daughter was laid In the ; 
were peacefully laid to rest. In the 
church has lost a consistent member 
She leaves a husband, ai 
neral discourse by breth: 



.... Bllckenstafi, to which 
a daughter, Cora Edith, who 
>„lhs and 2 days. The Uttte 
of Its mother, and thus they 
n the death of the sister the 
cellent singer, 
other and a biother. Fu- 
W. Stong and Isaac B1U- 



heimer. Burial In the Pyrmont cemetery. 



J. W. Vetteh. 



February 5, 1896. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



HOSSACK. — Near Leaskdale, Ontario, 
Canada, Dec. 22, 1894, Bro. James Hossack, 
aged 91 years, 10 months and 19 days. 

D. E. Brubakbr. 

BARR — In the Lower Miami church, 
Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 17, 1895, of consumption, 
sister Flora, daughter of friend Alonzo and 
Sarah I. Barr, aged 18 years, 9 months and 
12 days. Funeral by the writer and resident 
ministers. W. C. Teeter, 

BASHOR— At Hygiene, Colo., Jan. 15, 
1895, of consumption, Andrew J. Bashor, 
aged 44 years, 1 month and 24 days. He 
leaves a sorrowing wife (a sister). Funeral 
discourse by the writer, from Heb. 2: 6, 7. 
S. M. Goughnour. 

RONALS.— At George Dein's, Mowea- 
qua, 111., Dec. 14, 1894, sister Sophronta 
Ronals, aged 61 years, 7 months and 6 days. 
She leaves three sons, three daughters and 
an aged mother. H. H. Harnly. 

EBY.— In the White Oak church, Man- 
helm, Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 24, 1894, sis- 
ter Polly Eby, aunt of Eld. Benjamin Eby, 
whose home she resided, aged 76 years a 
11 months. Deceased was in 111 health 
sixty-one years. She became a Christian In 
her youth and a member of the German 
Baptist church. Her funeral was held with 
ssrvlces and Interment at Krelder's meeting. 
house, near town. Brethren Hiram GIbble 
and Israel and Reuben Graybtll officiated. 
H. H. Harnly. 

SCROGUM.— At his home, near Fall 
field, In the Martin Creek congregation, 111 
Dec. 25, 1894, Bro. G. H. Scrogum, aged 54 
years, 8 months and 12 days. Bro. Scrogum 
called for the elders to anoint him and died a 
few minutes after the work was done. He 
was born In Augusta County, Va , and emi- 
grated to Astoria, 111., in 1882. In 1892 he 
emigrated to Wayne County, 111., where he 
died. He was married twice, his first wife 
having died about Hx years ago. He leaves 
his second wife and s'x children by his fintt 
wife,— three sons and three daughters. Fu- 
neral services by Bro. John Harshbarger, of 
JtfJeisonvMe, 111., from Heb. 9: 27. His re- 
mains were laid away In the Martin Creek 
cemetery. Nicholas Eichenberg. 

BRUNNER, — In the Frederick City 
church, Md., Jan. 13, 1895, sister Ann Re- 
becca Brunner, aged 50 years, 9 months and 
3 days. Though having to walk with a 
crutch, she, on that terribly cold morning, 
failed not to meet her Sunday-school class, in 
the presence of whom she was a third time 
stricken with paralysis and died twenty-four 
hours later. Services on the 15th, conducted 
by the writer, from John 12: 23-26. 

ROOP. — Near Wakefield, Carroll Co., 
Md.,Jan. 10, 1895, of apoplexy, David Roop, 
aged 72 years, 10 months and 18 days. On 
the 13th he was laid to rest In the Pipe 
Creek church cemetery, and the funeral oc- 
casion was improved by the writer. Text, 
^a. 103: 13-18. E. W. Stoner. 

HOCH.— At his home, near Mowersvllle, 
Franklin Co., Pa, Oct. 27, 1894, Abram 
Hoch, aged 85 years, 9 months and 7 days. 
He was born In Cumberland County, where 
he grew to manhood, and Sept. 6, 1842, he 
married Magdalene Shoemaker. To their 
union were born ten children,— three sons 
and seven daughters. His aged wife, three 
eons and six daughters are left. He united 
with the church of the Brethren In 1858, and 
was elected deacon soon after. This office 
he filled faithfully, until a year and a half 
before his death, when he became too feeble 
to attend meeting. The funeral services 
were conducted at the house by elders Jacob 
Hollinger, Henry Etter and S. M. Stoufier. 
His remains rest at the Ridge cemetery. 

R. P. Zeigler. 

GREYBILL.-In the Conestoga church, 
Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 7, 1894, Henry B 
weyblU, aged 69 years, 1 month and 22 days. 
He was born In Lebanon County, Pa., Oct. 
'5. 1825. He leaves a wife and three sons, 
was troubled with Brlght's disease for 
many year8 , He( at thfi eleventh hour| came 



Lord's side. He united with the 
weeks previous to his death. 



Brethren 

Services by the Brethren. 

Linnie M. Greybill. 
ElKENBERRY._In the Four Mile con- 
gregation, Union Co., Ind , of dropsy, Bro. 
Peter Elkenbcrry, eged 78 years and 22 days, 
He was born and raised In Union County, 
He was united In marriage to Elizabeth Ly- 
nd to that union were born eight 



1 li 



-Ion 



1 four daughtei 



He 



survived his companion twenty-four y 

All that knew him loved him. In 1S79 he 
united with the Brethren and has ever since 
lived a quiet, peiceable and consistent life, 
Funeral services at Liberty, Ind., by the 
Brethren, from Job 14: 14. 

Edward M. Cobb. 

YODER— In the Little Swatara church, 
Pa, Nov. 24, 1894, sister Lydla, daughter of 
John Yoder, deceased, formerly from near 
Shoemakersvllle, Berks Co, Pa., aged 79 
years, 7 months and 20 days. She remained 
single alt her lifetime. Her remains were 
laid to rest In the Zlegler's graveyard. Serv- 
Ices by the Brethren. John Hertzler. 

BRETZUS -In Wayne Township, Schuyl- 
kill Co., Pa, Dec. 15, 1S94, Bro. Levi Bretzus, 
aged 61 years, 10 months and 18 days. His 
remains were laid to rest In the United Breth- 
ren cemetery, Frledensburgh, Pa. Services 
by the Brethren. John Hertzler. 

MOHLER— Near Woodland, Mich, Jan. 
8, 1S95, Johnny, son of Reuben and Sarah 
Mohler, aged 3 years, 2 months and 11 days. 
Funeral Improved by Bro. Isaiah Ralrlgh. 
John M. Smith. 



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Four have united with the Rock Greek church, 
111., since the last report, several weeks ago. 

Bro. I. M. Gibson is to commence a series of 
" 1 Elkhart, Ind., the 10th of thi3 month, 



The General Missionary and Tract Committee 
wbb in session at Bridgewater, Va, the forepart 
of the week In next issue we hope to have some 
information concerning the business transacted. 

Bso Boss Haltebman, of Maryeville, DiKalb 
Co., Mo., writes that Bro. Solomon Bucklew re- 
cently preached five able sermons at that place. 
They were well received, and made favorable im- 
pressions. 

While Bro. Jacob Heistand was engaged in a 
series of meetings, in his home congregation, 
Van Wert church, Ohio, his dwelling burned, and 
everything in the house, including his library, 
was destroyed. 

Twelve accessions by baptism and three re- 
claimed, are reported as the resultB of a aeries of 
meetings held in the Mummert house, near Ab- 
bottstosvn, Pa. The meetings were held by Bro. 
Albert Hollinger. 



We learn that Bro. Christian Long, of Panther 
Creek, Iowa, is very low, and is not expect 
to live many days. 

Bro. I. Bennett Trout closed his aeries of meet- 
ings in the Lower Stillwater church, Ohio, with 
thirteen additions. 



Bro. S, N. MoOann, of Bridgewater, Va, wide. 
ly known to many of our readers, was ordained to 
the eldership a few days ago. 



Bro. J. M. Mobler closed a series of meetings 
at the Walnut chnreh, Dear Flora, Ind,, with five 
accessions by baptism and one reclaimed. 

The recent earthquake in Persia was very de- 
structive both to life and property. Twelve hun- 
dred persons in one town are said to have lost 
their lives. 

The legislature of Nebraska has voted S20.000 
for the relief of people in the suffering districts. 
This will prove quite a help, as there is much 
suffering in parts of the State. 

Bro. G. W. Gibson writes that Bro. Michael 
J?Iory, of this State, is now engaged in fa series^ of 
meetings in the Indian Creek church, Iowa, ex- 
pecting to continue until the 11th. 



Under date of Feb. 1, Bro. A. M. Snyder re- 
ports two accessions by confession and baptism 
in the Logan church, Ohio. The meetings still 
continue with a deep interest manifested. 

After preaching thirty able sermons, Bro. 
T)orsey Hodgden closed a series of meetings in 
the Beaver Dam church, Ind , Jan. 31, with eight 
additions. So writes Bro. Edward Warren. 



Bro I. E. Haw writes us that a grand work 
is being accomplished in Huntington, Ind. Bro. 
Noah Fisher is engaged in a good meeting. Four 
have been bapfc'zsd, three reclaimed and thir- 
teen applicants are awaiting baptism. 

It is said that one hundred carloads of provis- 
ion have been contributed for the people in the 
drouth- stricken region of the West; yet in spite 
of all this there will be much suffering, for thou, 
sands of people are absolutely destitute. 

We are in receipt of the minutes of the District 
Meeting of the Second District of West Virginia, 
held Oct. 19-30, 1894, and notice that Bro. Tobias 
Fike has teen selected to represent the District on 
the Standing Committee at the coming Annual 



Bro Thomas H Hiaos, of Maxwell, Iowa 
wishes n« to state that the Mission Board of 
Middle Iowa have plaoes where they would be 
pleased to locate a few trusty and earnest minie- 
tsra. Ministers wishing to locate in a good 
country, where they oan do good, should com- 
municate with Bro. Higgs. 



A good series of meetings conducted by Bro. 
S. M. Stauffe-r in the Three Springs house, P^rry 
County, Pa., closed Jan. 16 with six additions by 
confession and baptism. This we glean from a 
communication by Bro. E. D. Book, who says 
Bro. Stanffer did a good work. 



Bro. G. 0. Bowman reports a meeting in the 
Knob Creek church, Tenn., with four accessions, 
making thirty-six in all that have united with the 
church during the last twelve months. He also 
reports another meeting in the Cedar Grove 
congregation with six additions. 



Last week we mentioned the change of Bro. A. 
0. Daggett's address from Burr Oak, Kans., to 
"Villa Park, Colo. We learn that he takes charge 
of the Denver Mission. We hope to hear of him 
doing a good work. His labors will certainly be 
appreciated in that part of the State. 



In reply to those who have requested us to 
republish Eld, D. P. Saylor's artiole on the Origin 
of the Mourner's Boneh, which first appeared in 
the Christian Family Companion in 1873, we 
wish to say that the article is now on the hook, 
and will appear in the course of a few weeks. 

Bishop Newman is credited with a very sensi- 
ble act. Instead of giving his accustomed New 
Year's dinner to the pastors of Omaha and vicin- 
ity, he this year expended the money in purchas- 
ing overcoats for needy preachers. Such oonduot 
is to be commended. In our fraternity are hun- 
dreds of poor preaohers who well deserve similar 
gifts. Who will assist them? 



J. Henri Showalter spent one dgy 
in the Mount last week, on his way to Pice 
Creek, where he is now engaged in teaching 
vocal music As a teacher he is very highly 
spoken of, and is doing a very muoh needed 
work. Every congregation ought to have some 
thorough drilling in vocal music 

Sister Sarah M. Whitmore, of Danforth, 
III., with hr six children, ranging in age from 
five to twenty years, would like to locate amona; 
the Brethren, where her children may be properly 
influenced religiously. We hope some of the 
brethren will assist her in finding a suitable loca. 
tion. This is one way of doing missionary work. 

Bro 8. M. Forney, of Kearney, Nebr., thinks 
we should frequently call attention to the fact 
that there is muoh destitution in the West, and 
much help will be needed to avoid intense stff.-r- 
ing among the people. We are pleased to leorn 
that the publu is responding liberally to the 
call, and it is to be hoped that the donations will 
continue. 

Bro John Stomp, of Miami, Tex., who is alone 
in the ministry at that point, wonld be pleased 
to communicate with some of the ministers who 
find it necessary to leave the drouth. strickc-n 
sections of the West. He is in a condition to 
effar some inducements to an earnest, hsrd-nork- 
ing minister who is not afraid to labor as well 
as preach. 

A card just received from Bro. J. C. Lshman 
states that Bro. Andrew Hutchison is improving 
in health since he went to Florida, and that he is 
now engaged in a series of meetings at Eenks, 
and that a feast is to be held there the 12th 
of this month, and another near Hawthorne 
April 6 He also adds that the weather is de- 
lightful. 

The Missionary and Tract Committee has j'ost 
published a new edition of 6,000 copies of " Trine 
Immersion Traced to the Apostles." This tract 
has been bafore the public a number of years, 
and is still in good demand. About 50,000 copies 
of the work have been sold and distributed. The 
price of it ia so low that it might be handled by the 
hundreds. Write to the Missionary Committee 
for terms. 



Bro. I. Bennett Trout's artiole ou "Social 
or Prayer Meetings," in No. 4, has stirred np 
a number of our readers, and they begin to feel 
that there ought to be more social meetings 
among n». Certainly there ought. There should 
be a prayer meeting in every commnnity, and 
the sisters as well as the brethren should be en- 
( couraged to take part in it. 



THB.GOSPEL MESSENGER 



Febrnary 12, 1895. 



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HO MATTER WHERE WE STAND. 

Upon the crowded field of life, 

With dally deed and word, 
We gather, In a mighty host, 

To glorify the Lord. 
To glorify his gracious name, 

Our Savior and our King, 
And to fulfill our glorious task, 

Our noblest powers we bring. 
And some are where the world looks on 

With wonder and delight. 
And some In dim unnoticed nooks 

Are almost hid from sight. 
Yet we are working, heart with heart, — 

We labor, hand with hand, 
And so we honor Jesus Christ 

No matter where we stand. 
No matter though no friendly eye, 

Our humble tolling view; 
No matter though no loving voice 

Commend the work we do. 
If only we the part fulfill, 

That Christ, our Lord, has given, 
Be ours the humblest place on earth, 

The lowest seat in heaven. 

OATH AND AFFIRMATION. 

BY JOHN FOBNEY. 

I hate been asked by brethren of different 
Statea to tell them the difference between an oath 
Bnd an affirmation. It is evident that some 
brethren cannot see any difference. To me the 
difference is not only plain, bnt alao great. 

I will first state what constitntes an oath. In 
taking a judicial oath, yon bind yourself by some 
objict, either great or small. Ion may be asked, 
Do yon swear that the evidence yon give shall be 
the tenth, the whole truth, and nothing but the 
truth? Then follows the bindicg. Some swear 
by the Bible by kissiDg it, others swear with an 
uplifted hand by "Almighty God," etc., etc. But 
the Lord told his disciples, "Swear not at all; 
neither by heaveD; for it is God's throne: nor by 
the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jeru- 
salem ; for it is the city of the great King. Nei- 
ther shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou 
canst not make one hair white or black." See 
Matt. 5: 34-36; also James 5 12. 

In affirming, if properly administered, we are 
only asked, Do yon affirm that the evidence you 
give shall be the truth, and nothing but the 
tenth? and we say, Yes, or yea. Now we can 
clearly see that in an affirmation there is no bind- 
ing to any name or power, either great or small; 
and therefore it can not be called the swearing 
of an oath. Let us look at an example of Scrip- 
ture. InHeb. 6: 13 we have this: "For when 
God made promise to Abraham, because he could 
swear by no greater, he Bware by himself," etc. 
My brother may ask, If God confirmed his prom- 
iie by oath to Abraham, what wrong is there then 
in God's children in swearing an oath? There is 
only one answer for it, and that is because God 
saw fit to forbid his children under the Gospel 
dispensation to swear at ali; and this law is to 
govern all his saints alike in the Gospel, without 
respect of persons. And I am always shocked 
and puzzled when I see some who profess to be 
children of God, and some even ministers of the 
Gospel, stand before magistrates and courts, and 
swear by the Almighty God, with an uplifted 
hand, in violation of this holy law. 

We, as Christians, profess to obey Christ, and 
any man who claims to be a child of God cannot 



afford to swear an oath in violation of the Lord's 
command. Let us awake, therefore, to righteous- 
ness and sin not. 
Abilene, Kana. 



CHRISTMAS IN LEIPZIG, GERMANY. 1894. 
BI 0. PEBBY HOOVEB. 

Anotheb Christmastime has passed, and affairs 
move on as before. This was onr first Christmas 
in the " Vaierland," — the home of Alexander 
Mack. Many customs here seem so strange to 
ns that we sometimes forget that this is the land 
of Luther and the battle-field of the Information. 
We naturally expected strange Christmas cus- 
toms in this historic country. We recalled the 
names of Arminius, Frederick the Great, and 
Bismark, Goethe, Leasing and Schiller, Luther, 
Melancthon and many others not less noted in 
history. These men made history, — they are his- 
tory themselves. Napoleon, too, marched over 
these lands, and many a monument marks his 
battle-fields. With these and many more facts 
of history to impress us, we looked at everything 
aronnd us like SUas Ganderfoot did at the 
World's Fair. After all, Christmas in Leipzig 
did not differ as much as we expeoted, perhaps, 
from Christmas in New York or Chicago. 

For three weeks the p3ople prepared for 
" Weihnachie"," Snnday just as any other day. 
We could not understand, since it is a religious 
motive that prompts them to so exalt Christmas, 
why there is so much Sunday desecration al- 
lowed in their preparation. On the Sunday be- 
fore Christmas, the " Marltihalle " was open from 
11 A. M. to 9 P. M. The people here are actually 
too slow to have done all the necessary business 
on Saturday and Monday, as we would in Ameri- 
ca. They needed three days. But we really 
thought the animated cheese sold there was 
enough of itself to desecrate the day, besides the 
wholesale traffia. The Savior "plucked oorn on 
the Sabbath," but he never authorizad Sunday 
traffic The Lord told men long ago that his 
ways were not their ways, and we believe it, for 
we do not think that he will excuse these dese- 
crations which arise from only apparent necessi- 
ties. 

The shop windows in Leipzig are famous for 
their beauties. The display this year was won- 
derful. Everything that art and skill could do 
in display, it did for the windows in Lsipzig 
Even the old woman who pulls her wares to town, 
hitched beside her dog, took pride in some sim- 
ple arrangement which she would be glad to call 
art. Thousands walked the streets to see the 
windows, thousands gszsd longingly upon baau- 
ties which they oan never possess. This is the 
land of art and art galleries, bnt much that is 
called art here, seems to us to cater to the sensu- 
al. The "nude in art" is always freely dis- 
played. Naked statues, naked pictures, — naked- 
ness on all sides. They call it art and in the 
theaters, — "living picture*." This display of 
the sensual, I believe is one cause for twenty-five 
per cent of the children in Leipzig being illegiti 

The booths were a strange eight to us. In the 
old town the many open squares were filled with 
temporary booths, where all sorts of wares 
were sold. Two weeks before WeihnachUn these 
were opened. What sights! Thousands swarmed 
around these places, rain or shine, seeking some- 
thing for Christmas. Toys from tin whistles up to 
baby elephants, candies, dry goods, felt and wool- 
en shoes, flowers, pictures, and everything that 
Santa Clans ever made were for sale. The wom- 
with black coffee, rolls and W a rate (sausage), 
did a thriving business, and so did the man with 
the lottery, soap, and cheap jewelry. 



The Germans do some things different from us. 
One of the Kindergarten schools gave a Christ- 
mas entertainment, which from the children's 
standpoint was very good. The teachers had 
made fine preparations, — the Christ-child in wax, 
the crosB, and other sacred scenes were in them- 
selves splendid lessons. The preacher spoke elo- 
quently of the "New-born Babe." Then the 
ohildren gave their exercises, which were intend- 
ed to illustrate some spiritual lesson. One exer- 
oise was more of a dance than anything else, and 
when the little " dancers " were called up, a little 
American belonging to the olass, refused to go. 
I hope that act was a prophecy of his fntnre, and 
of his nation. While these exercises were given, 
on one side of the room sat the parents, drinking 
beer, while they enjoyed seeing their little ones 
performing. Not only so, but many a little tot 
was given beer as a reward for doing well. Thus 
they were encouraged, and it is hardly stretching 
the trnth to say that their little brains were stim- 
ulated by "spirits" alcohol, rather than spirits 
divine. On the other side of the room was ar- 
ranged a lottery for the benefit of the Kindergar- 
ten. How incongruons such scenes 1 In America 
we oould not tolerate beer or a lottery on suoh an 
occasion. Suppose we should give beer instead 
of water to the little ones at onr children's serv- 
ices. Such a thing in most church communities 
would be considered a crime and sacrilegious, 
but this wbb all right to the German andience. 
They have a saying, " Wer hat niemah einen 
Rautch gelnbt der iat kein braver Mann" 
Such examples prepare the children for many 
"Bauach" in later life. It is a very plain faot 
that the Germans do not look at social and relig- 
ious questions as we do. It is considered right 
among them to drink and dance. They have no 
such word in their vocabulary as total- abstinence. 
The nearest word to it is "bier," but the change 
of "e" to "i" does not take the "drunk" out of 
it. The American preacher may be wicked 
enough, but he never danoee; the German does, 
with the approval of sooiety. Leipzig has no W. 
0. T. U. pledge, or total abstinence society, nor 
even a sentiment against drinking. A healthy 
sentiment against all such evils in America is 
bearing good fruit in onr religions and national 
life. 

Weihruizhta-Abmd is the happiest time of all. 
Thon the Christmas trees are all prepared and 
the presents given. Nearly every family has a 
tree,— 50,000 were sold in Leipzig this year. We 
Baw many a poor soul trudging homeward, or 
rather to his nest in the attic or cellar, with no 
more than limbs for trees. We wondered what 
they could possibly have to put on them, and 
are sure that in many a home the parents sacri- 
ficed their meal that the children might have 
something for Christmas. Only a limb, and that 
with its single candle and simple gifts car- 
ried their thoughts back to the Gift in the man- 
ger, and so they were richer in sonl for it. Per- 
haps they, too, have a babe. Shall a baby of the 
poor ever beoome great? What are his possibili- 
ties? The Jews wanted a sign. The angels had 
said that they were to find a " babe in swaddling 
clothes" as the sign, Every babe is a sign of 
something. Christ said that we should be like 
him, but there are no limits to his possibilities. 
Little babes are worlds to be discovered, devel- 
oped and made like Christ. 

The day itself was very quietly spent. All the 
stores were closed, also the following day. There 
were church services morning and evening both 
days. We attended Thomaakirche both services. 
Although this is the largest church, but few 
people attended. Where were they? A few at 
ohnrob, more at the theatres, operas and varieties, 



February 12, 1895. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGEJf. 



and the msjority remained at home. The d 
was withont incident, so far es we knew. 

We were impressed with the fact that the G?r- 
mans place more stress upon Christmas than we 
do in America. Their preparations far exceed 
ours. Each home has its tree, and there are 
more chnrch services. They seem to be very 
happy and look npon the event with mora relig- 
ions enthusiasm than we do. While all this is 
trne, slowly the old-time fervor and religions ob- 
servances of Christmas are giving place to a ma- 
terialism, which finds expression in other than 
religions customs. It is becoming simply a holi- 
day with its feasts and merry-making,— not the 
Christ so much, but rest the more, clojes the 
stores. It is greatly to be lamented that so little 
of the religions enters into the keeping of the 
day. 

I do not believe, as some do, that religion is 
losing its hold on the mosses. No people will 
give up their hope of a better life beyond, which 
our Bible promises them. Nor do I think that 
the birth of Christ is less significant now than 
formerly, but it is a fact that the people are de- 
parting from the plain, simple methods of the 
Christian life. Many customs which may be 
harmful are taking the place of its simplicity. 
By no means would I want to go baok five hun- 
dred or a thousand years. Oar religion is purer 
than theirs. No such immoralities or inperati- 
tions enter into our life, no such erroneous doc- 
trines or persecutions as then. Hnman life is 
now worth more; man is more divine in aim, 
and woman stands by his side as his equal. Not- 
withstanding onr progress and exaltation, there 
are still things standing between the ohnrch and 
"pare and undefiled religion." The masses will 
accept Christ, I believe, when the churoh will 
represent him as the Bible presents him. May 
the day come soon when all shall know the Lord! 
Leipzig, Germany, 

LEISURE HOURS-NOTES. 
BY B E. KESLEB- 

Mebsenqeb No. 2 is just at hand and contents 
have been noted, and while each number brings 
joy and gladness, yet this one seems just a little 
better in this respect than any we have noticed, 
One point of interest we notice in particular is 
Bro. Sharp's remarks on the " Baptismal Formu- 
la." Language gives us two forms or, rather, 
three forms of expressing the same idea, thus-* 
(1) Johnson, Worcester and Webster's dictionary 
i. e., one dictionary; (2) The dictionary of John- 
son, Worcester and Webster, i. e , one dictionary ; 
(3) The dictionary that is Johnson, Worcester 
and Webster's, i, e., one dictionary, in each of 
whioh caseB there is a series of terms, Johnson, 
Worcester and Webster, with common possession, 
the hence only one dictionary. Now compare with 
above (1) Johnson's, Worcester's, and Webster's 
dictionary; (2) The dictionary of Johnson, and of 
Worcester, and of Webster; and, (3) The diction- 
ary that is Johnson's and Worcester's and Web- 
ster's. 

In the former illustration we have a series of 
terms with common possession, hence one diction- 
ary; but in the latter illustration we have a series 
of terms with individual possession: hence three 
dictionaries. In the first, three authors, jointly, 
write a (one) book, in the second, three authors 
write eaoh a book, henoe three dictionaries 
Now it remains for us to compare the " Baptismal 
Formula" with the above illustrations to see 
what the idea conveyed by it is; ». «., whether 
there is a series of terms with common possession, 
>■ «., one name only, or whether there is a series 

terras with individual possession, i. e., three 



names into which we are to baptiz>; and when we 
thus compare the two, we find the formula just 
exactly fits the second illustration,— ■■ The dic- 
tionary of Johnson, and of Worcester, and of 
Webster," " The name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost." In the first we 
have three dictionaries, in the second, three 
names. 

To illustrate further, tell the boy to give the 
meaning of baptizj, defining it in the dictionary 
of Johnson, and of Woroester, and of Webster, 
would you not expect him (and would he not un- 
derstand yon so), to consult the three dictionaries 
having these three men as their authors, and give 
yon what each of the three individually says about 
the word " baptiza? " Then when we are told in 
the very identical form of words to ■' teach all na- 
tions, baptizing them into the names of the Fath- 
er, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoat," how 
should ioe understand it? Why, evidently, that 
there are three names in the formula into which 
we are to baptize Then, as the boy could not 
define the word in the three dictionaries by defiu- 
ing it in one only,— Webster's,- no more can ice 
baptize into three names by baptizing into one 
only,— the Holy GhoBt. Hence we have here aa 
argument from the grammatical structure of the 
"formula" given in this logioal and oommon- 
sense way that is incontrovertibly in favor of our 
practice and eoffidient of itself to settle the ques- 
tion of the number of actions in baptism. 

The next point of interest in No. 2 is the 
number of accessions reported, there being some- 
thing over 450, the previous number having re- 
ported over 170, and number 50 of 94 over 300, 
whioh not only indioates a rapid growth of the 
chnrch, bnt also what may be done in winter, the 
time when some tell us it is too cold to bapfza. 

But tears came in my eyes when I read B.- 
J. M. Eisberg's account of his first meeting with 
the saints after his release from prison. It re- 
minded me of the time when Peter was so mirac- 
ulously restored to £he faithful who had so earn- 
estly prayed for his delivery. Then, too, it re- 
minded me of Him who said : "If they have per- 
secuted me they shall also persecute you." Be 
faithful, brother, it won't be long until thon shalt 
be delivered from this prison of clay, "our earthly 
le," and join that happy throng who " shall 
meet to part no more." " What a gathering of 
the faithfnl that will bel " 



LIGHT. 

BY 3 H. MILLER 



Liqet is from God. He said, " Let there be 
light, and there was light." Gen. 1; 3 God saw 
the light and pronounced it good. The Lord 
God loved the light so much that he separated it 
from darkness. He gave it a name and called it 
day. God made two great lights, the greater to 
rale the day, the lesser to rule the night, 

While the sun, the luminary of the day, gives 
us natural light, Christ, the Son of God, gives ub 
spiritual light. When the snn rises in the east- 
ern horizon it drives the dark shadows of night 
away. When the Son of God arose in the East- 
ern world he drove the darkness of sin away. 
"In him was life and the life was the light of 
man, and the light shineth in darkness and the 
darkness comprehended it not." Christ became 
the great spiritual light of the world. 

Light stands opposite to darkness. God, as a 
great light atands in opposition to the devil, the 
greatest darkness of the world. Pharaoh's heart 
was full of darkness becanse of his many sins. 
God told Moses to " stretch out his hand toward 
heaven that there may be darknesB over the land 
of Egypt, even darkness whioh may be felt," 
Ex, 10; 21. 



Wickedness, as represented by darkness, may 
be seen and felt. The Egyptian darknesB lasted 
three days, but at the same time the ohildren of 
Israel had light in their dwellings. The world 
was in heathen darkness when the light of the 
Gospel first began to shme. As long as "Jesus 
was in the world he waa the light of the world." 
John 9: 5 Christ was the " true Light." John 

There are those who love the light. They 
come to the Trnth "that their deeds may be made 
manifest, but those "that do evil hate the light, 
neither will they come to the light lest their 
deeds should be exposed." "The light of the 
body is the eye. If therefore thine eye be single 
thy whole body shall ba full of light; bnt if thine 
eye be evil the whole body shall be full of dark- 
ness." Matt. 6: 22, 23 

Paul was in darkaeas before his conversion. 
" At midday," on his way to Daunaeous, he "saw 
in the way a light from heaven, above the bright- 
ness of the sua shining around him." Acts 
26: 13. Paul saw the light exceeding bright, 
That convinced him of his sin, Then darkness 
followed, "and he was thrae days withont sight 
and neither did eat no- drink." Acta 9: 9 Paul 
had such an experience of Mb conversion that he 
saw how exesedingly dark and sinful his life had 
been. His eyes were so blinded that they "led 
him by the hand." Aots 9: 8 When they came 
near Damascus he undoubtedly was thinking 
more of his sad condition, than of arresting and 
carrying bound to Jerusalem, those over whom 
he had authority. When Ananias came to him 
with words of comfort "there fell from his eyes 
aa it had been scales, and he received sight forth- 
with and arose and was baptized." 

One beauty in the Christian religion is, if we 
oome to Christ he will in no wise ca»t us a^ay. 
Christ, as the great Light to heal and comfort, 
comes to the Binner and shin°a in his soul. He 
oametoPaul, then told him to "go to the city 
and it should be told him what to do." Jonah 
was told to go to the City of Nineveh. Many 
are told to "go info all the world and preach the 
Gospel to every oreature." 

Paul saw the light so dazzling, and it made 
him feel so ainfnl that some one had to lead him. 
Jonah saw the light, bat soon was found asleep 
and in darkness. And he was swallowed in 
a, and kept in darkness for three long 
days. Then»he began to ory for help and no 
doubt would have been exceedingly happy to 
have had some one "to lead him," but all he 
could do was to cry to God for mercy. Many to- 
day in towns and cities are orying for help, and 
there is no one to lead them to the light of the 
Gospel. 

Paul, after his conversion, was willing to lead 
others to the true Light. Hear him: "Woe is 
unto me if I preach not the Gospel." i Cor. 9: 
16 Paul saw a great light over at Troas. A 
oall was made for him to come to Macedonia. 
He went to Philippi, the chief city, and remained 
"certain days." I wonder if we, as Gospel 
preachers, are willing to go to oities and lead 
men and women to Christ. During our meetings 
we sometimes see those that need to be led to 
Christ. Panl needed help; so do sinners need 
help now. 

. . a, as a churoh, claim to obey all the com- 
mands of Jesus. Do we? Do we "go into all 
the world?" Do we try, aa much as lieth in our 
power, to lead those who are in darkness to the 
"wondrous light of the Gospel?" "Let your 
light so shine." Do city people see oar light, 
or mnst they stand up in the day of judgment 
and say we did not see the "true light which 
lighteth every man that cometh into the world?" 
John 1: 9. 



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February 13, 1896, 



What a wonderful day that will bel Christ, 
ia sending oat his apo3tle3, wonld have thea* 
provide neither go'.d, nor sdvar, nor brass ia their 
parsas, nor scrip for their journey, neither two 
coats, neither shoes, nor yet atsves; for the work- 
man is worthy of his meat. Matt. 10: 9, 10. 
Christ did not want the minister to be bnidaned 
with the affairs of this life, bnt to carry the light 
to the world and let those for whom he preaohes 
•npport him. Hear Jesus again: "For the work- 
man is worthy of his meat." "And into what- 
soever city or town (Jesus instructed them t> 
go into cities) ye shall enter, inquire who in it is 
worthy ; and there abide till ye go thence. And 
when ye come into a house, salGte it. And if 
the house be worthy, let your peace oonie upon 
it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to 
you." Matt. 10: 11, 12, 13 This was a com- 
mand to the apostles. I don't see bnt that it is 
binding today. Many towns and oitiea wonld 
gladly support a minister to-day if they had the 
opportunity, but that sometimes is denied them. 

Hear Jesus a little farther: "And whosoever 
shall not receive you, nor hear yonr words, when 
ye depart oat of that house or oity, abase off the 
duBt of your feet." The apostles need not only 
to go into the city, but also houses, as well as in- 
to the rural diBtriots, or "highways and hedges." 

" Verily I say unto you, It shall be more toler- 
able for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the 
day of judgment, than for that city" (verse 15). 
Bat how will it be for those ia the day of jrdg- 
ment that would not oarry the news, or light, to 
a sin-defiled world ? "Behold, I send yon forth 
as sheep in the midst of wolves: (Lat the wolves 
howl, but go!) be ye therefore wise as eerpents, 
and harmless as doves." Verse 16 Jesus says, 
"I send you." Are we wise enough to go, or will 
we complain, aa dil Moses, and Bay, We are not 
eloquent? Oh, let ua trust in the Lord and c^rry 
the great Gospel luminary to a lost and mined 
world! 

Goshen, Ind 

DEFYING THE LAW. 
By B. H. EBY, 

In the Literary Digest appears the statement 
that the reform Mayor of the Oity of New 
York favors opening the Baloons on the Lord's 
Day, with the comments of some of the public 
journals, mostly sustaining his views. Some of 
the journals intimate that Sabbatarians will open 
up on the Mayor in fall cry, and even prevent 
Borne sensible men from perceiving how wise and 
indiipensable is snoh measure, and that these 
people will fall iu with Piatt and Tammany in 
thwarting the reform of the Mayor. I am led 
to wonder what they expect to reform. Certain- 
ly the keeping open of the saloons open the 
Lord's Day, when laborers are idle, making them 
a place of resort where men's minds become in- 
flamed through drink, that they may concoct 
crime even on the Lord's Day, is not conducive to 
reform. And we might expect from such sowing 
of the wind, to reap the whirlwind in its most de- 
structive form, and this in " Ohriatian America," 
bo called. 

Well you may ask, What ia the ohurch going 
to do about it? It is at leaat well that the churoh 
should ask herself the question, What have we 
been doing that thia oondition of things exists? 
and, like the mariner, reckon up our leeway. 
What is the object of the church, and what are 
her accomplishments? Should she not awake to 
the great dangers that menace her, when the da. 
■ires of people with depraved appetites and vicious 
habits shall be the arbiters in the question of this 
Sabbath deseoration, in the face of our boasted 



Christian civilization? ;Alasl where is that Chris- 
tian inflasnee which should impel mankind to se- 
riously meditate upon the deatiny of a people 
whose sense of propriety has beoome so pervert- 
ed? The effacts we see. Now as to the causes, 
are they wholly without the churoh, or can we 
find many of them in the church of the professed 
followers of God? This should seriously engag. 
the attention of all trne followers of the meek and 
lowly Jesus. 

I see som9 statements made ia the j onrnais 
that comment upon this, saying that some who 
are opposed to any restrictions beiDg placed upon 
ihe SBle of intoxioating beverages upon the Sab- 
bath, argue that it would be discriminating 
against the poor, as the wealthy church-goer and 
"presumably church member," have their winee 
at their own tables and claba, where they can en- 
joy their conviviality to their hearts' content. 
These are certainly not in a position to teach a 
correct regajd for the Lord's Day. 

This leads to think how far thia spirit of enter- 
tainment (which seems to be the chief aim and 
object of existence in so many) has taken posses- 
sion of the professed followers of Christ. From 
the character of these entertainments we oan bat 
determine the minds of their votaries. Is it not a 
fact that many churches, in their endeavors to- 
ward making their services attractive, appa al to 
a spirit which is born of sensual desires Rnd can 
not be edifying in Christ? That which will not 
aid in the transforming of the mind to harraoniza 
with the mind of Christ, will, by feeding, keep 
alive carnal desires; hence churches in the prac- 
tice of these things incapacitate themselves to 
teach reform and their light beoomeB darkness. 

Now, if Christianity be right it will transform 
the mind from its carnal state and eradicate from 
the heart all desires which are at variauoe with 
the mind of Christ. Even though Christ re- 
deemed ua from the sins of the past, we are still 
under the power and dominion of ain. If Chris- 
tianity be not right, discard itfbut if right, prop- 
agate it. Christ came into the world to do his 
Father's will, not to cringe and falter before a 
wicked and adulterous generation, else he never 
would have been our Savior. Neither did he 
bring a Gospel so flaxible that it would accommo- 
itself to every human desire. On the con- 
trary, every aoul who truly believea in him and 
enters into sympathy with the sacrifice he made 
will be transformed, have his mind renewed, and 
will be lifted to a higher plane of existence, with 
his vision enlarged that he may see new beauties 
in a holy life and his light will be seen and its in- 
flaenoe felt. 

Now we see Satan ia reaping a rich harvest 
right here in Amerioa. He has many sowers, and 
it is to be feared that many of them are in the 
chnrch. Oh that churohes would arouse them- 
selves from their lethargy, which the venom of 
the devil has produced, and show to the world 
that light can have no fellowship with darkness, 
that Christians, when impalled by the Holy Spir- 
it, oan pursue no temporizing policy in dealing 
with theBe great evilB that threaten to engulf us, 
notwithstanding the desires of thoaa whose tastes 
have been so far p9rverted that in their mad pur- 
suit of pleasures they will not hesitate to over- 
ride all forms of law that they may worship their 
god of passion, shadowing forth in their contempt 
of law that they are as destitute as savages of the 
character which would fit them for sooiety ! 

Certainly churches are not only winking at 
these things, but openly upholding them, show- 
ing that they have desires in common with these 
idolaters. When we see ohurches which are so 
worm-eaten and hoaey.combed by Satan's leaven, 
we can see why many of her blows fall short, why 
she is losing her power as a civilizing foroe; and 



yet the song is oung lustily that the world is be- 
coming rapidly Christianized. The heathen will 
be apt to see us aa we should see ourselves. 
Centre View, Mo. 



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From Eugene, Ind. 

I am at present at this place in the midst of the